Ascent of Deer Leap Mountain-Bristol Cliffs on 2020-02-16

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, February 16, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Deer Leap Mountain-Bristol Cliffs
    Elevation:1825 ft / 556 m

Ascent Trip Report

After getting back to the car in Bolton Valley, I figured the way to Bristol using my paper road map and headed towards Waterbury where I headed south on RTE 100. In Irasville, I headed west on RTE 15, climbing across the Appalachian Gap. I eventually made it in Bristol where I parked in town and tried to get some WiFi to download trip reports for Deer Leap Mtn since I hadn't planned to come here at all that day and didn't even have any cartographic data for the area in my GPS. It took around a half hour of trying to download the maps on my phone but I abandoned when it didn't seem to work right.

I took my pack and started on Main St, turning on Mountain St., then Mountain Ter. At the end of the road, I saw people coming down with plastic sleds as I went by a parked car at the trailhead. I wasn't beforehand sure if I could have parked here so this added a bit of distance to the hike, but it's still very short, even from town. The trail was well worn in and the snowshoes were barely needed. I went uphill past the water reservoir and then left at an intersection. The slope was gentle to moderate and I went past a few boulders before spotting a track going towards the right. It seemed to lead towards the summit so I followed that.

The slope was steeper here, but it was still easy going in very sparse deciduous forest. After a while I spotted a few blue flags but it turned out to be markers for the Preserve boundary. In any case, the tracks I was following were from a very sensible hiker as he took the path I would have chosen anyway. Further up, the slope became much steeper and I had to traverse slightly before reaching the flatter summit area. I kept going until I reached was seemed like a high point. I marked it and went to another potential bump before backtracking.

The way down was very straightforward, and I crossed a man and his dog. He asked if there were other people ahead, which there were none, and he seemed pleased to be able to let his dog roam freely. Soon after I walked past the reservoir and back to the streets where I found my car and drove off towards home. A very easy and scenic summit with relatively decent views, through the trees, of the Champlain valley.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1350 ft / 411 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1350 ft / 411 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.4 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1307 ft / 398 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1264 ft / 386 m; Extra: 43 ft / 13m
    Loss on way in:43 ft / 13 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Forest trails, open forest
    Start Trailhead:Main Street parking  561 ft / 170 m
    Time:49 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1307 ft / 398 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1264 ft / 386 m; Extra: 43 ft / 13m
    Gain on way out:43 ft / 13 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Forest trails, open forest
    End Trailhead:Main Street parking  561 ft / 170 m
    Time:29 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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