Ascent of Bolton Mountain on 2020-02-16
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, February 16, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||3680 ft / 1121 m|
Ascent Trip ReportPlanning for a short P1K bagging day, I woke up around 06:15 and was on the road around 06:40. I headed south on HWY 245, crossed the border in Mansonville, and kept going south on HWY 101/100. I drove into Stowe and then Waterbury where I passed over I-89 and took a right on HWY 2 all the way to Bolton Valley Rd. I made it at the base Lodge around 08:45, went in line for a very expensive $23USD backcountry ticket, and by 09:15, I was heading off past the condo parkings towards the backcountry trails.
I had strapped the snowshoes on my backpack and the groomed, wide trail was hard packed to the point where my bare boots were not even sinking in the snow. I was leaving barely noticeable tracks so I decided to keep going this way. After a few minutes, I reached the Bryant trail junction and went right. I soon passed a guy skinning uphill and he greeted me, remarking I should be wearing the snowshoes. I asked if it was mandatory to which he replied it was more of a courtesy. I hoped I didn't come across as disrecpectful but I replied that if it was any softer, I'd already have put my snowshoes on.
I was going a good speed and I reached Bryant camp in no time. After checking the northbound Birch Loop trail, I had to break the snowshoes out. It was a singletrack affair that was easy enough to follow, but the snow wasn't hard enough for bare boots. It was still a quick hike to the junction with Raven's Wind trail, where I went left. Somewhere on this leg, closer to the LT, I crossed a skier that was heading down. I wasn't sure if the Long Trail would be traveled so when I reached a signpost that indicated Bolton-Trapp trail, I became slightly confused. In any case, I kept going as the slope steepened and passed under some cliff bands. My GPS seemed to show me following the ridge so I assumed I was on the way to the summit. I crossed a second skier but it was the only other person I'd see for a while.
In some steeper spots, I had to contend with skier bare booting, which destroyed the boot track, but it wasn't too bad. The trail soon leveled off and I reached the summit area. I didn't spot the sign and went downhill a bit until I spotted it. After retracing my steps and marking the high point, I started downhill. It seemed to be going pretty well so I started jogging whenever I could. I crossed a snowshoeing couple around Olga's Falls after which I was able to pick up a bit of speed in the steeper sections. When I reached the flats on Birch Loop, I was slightly winded and was happy to take a short break at Bryant Camp where I also removed my snowshoes. I saw a couple people around with walking crampons so I didn't feel that out of place bare booting.
The way down Bryant and World Cup trails was quick as I was able to run downhill on the hard pack. I crossed many large skinning groups and even saw the second skier I had crossed on my way up as he was going uphill again. When I reached the condos, I went straight to the car and decided that since it wasn't even noon, I could grab another summit. I didn't have a good beta but I knew that there was a P1K near Bristol so I took out my road map and figured out the quickest way there, after which I started the drive south.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1793 ft / 545 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1793 ft / 546 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.1 mi / 8.1 km|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Cold, Calm, Overcast|
| Gain on way in:||1734 ft / 528 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1629 ft / 496 m; Extra: 105 ft / 32m|
| Loss on way in:||105 ft / 32 m|
| Distance:||2.5 mi / 4 km|
| Route:||Bryant, Birch, Raven's Wind trails, LT|
| Start Trailhead:||Bolton Valley Parking 2051 ft / 625 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 7 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1688 ft / 514 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 1629 ft / 496 m; Extra: 59 ft / 17m|
| Gain on way out:||59 ft / 17 m|
| Distance:||2.6 mi / 4.1 km|
| Route:||Bryant, Birch, Raven's Wind trails, LT|
| End Trailhead:||Bolton Valley Parking 2051 ft / 625 m|
| Time:||39 Minutes|
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