Ascent of Glastenbury Mountain on 2020-10-10

Climber: David Darby

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 10, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Glastenbury Mountain
    Elevation:3748 ft / 1142 m

Ascent Trip Report

I researched this hike and wanted to minimize the distance (and thus time) because I was visiting friends in VT and needed to socialize around the hiking. I selected the route that "Hockey Puck" used because it was definitely the shortest. I looked at the maps and put "42.973699, -73.013324" into google maps for the parking/trailhead and the directions were perfect. FS71 is a well-maintained dirt road - no issue there. After turning left on FR325 (Castle Brook Rd), the road gets a little tough. I drove my Honda HRV to the trailhead without much trouble, but a high clearance vehicle would be much better, especially if the weather is wet/rainy. The gated snowmobile corridor is on the left just after a bridge over the river. I was initially confused by all the "No Entry" signs posted on the trees. But, after reaching the summit and reading all the snowmobile club signs, I figured out the snowmobile trails are one-way, and the "No Entry" signs are to control the snowmobiles. Ok, here's the hiking details.

07:45 - Depart "trailhead". The trail (this is actually a snowmobile trail with little to no summer foot traffic, but easy to follow) is initially pretty flat and a nice walk through the woods. There is a beaver pond area that has flooded the trail and created a tricky (wet) crossing. There are ~6 rocks to step on, but they are spaced far apart. Be forewarned.
08:42 - "Glastenbury Mountain-Southeast Peak" summit. Not much here, and it's difficult to determine the actual high point. Onward.
09:08 - Glastenbury summit. Climbed the fire tower. Very nice views, but a little windy up there today. Because it's close by, I decided to head over to "Glastenbury Mountain-West Slope".
09:13 - "Glastenbury Mountain-West Slope". There is nothing here. Why is it even a peak?
09:18 - Back at the Glastenbury summit. I looked around and discovered the snowmobile trail I had taken all the way up was different than the long trial/AT. I saw the white markers on the tree and decided to descend back down using the trail (for a change of scenery).
09:31 - At the shelter (not sure what the name is).
10:24 - Back at the Beaver ponds/dam/crossing.
10:41 - Back at the car, done!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: 2020_10_10 - Glastenbury

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Glastenbury Mountain-Southeast Peak2020-10-10 
2Glastenbury Mountain2020-10-101727 ft / 526 m
3Glastenbury Mountain-West Slope2020-10-10 
4Glastenbury Mountain2020-10-10 
5Glastenbury Mountain-Southeast Peak2020-10-10 
Total Trip Gain: 1727 ft / 526 m    Total Trip Loss: 1727 ft / 526 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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