Ascent of Deer Mountain on 2020-11-15

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Katrina
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 15, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Deer Mountain
    Elevation:1988 ft / 605 m

Ascent Trip Report

Deer Mountain is called Big Deer Mountain by Vermont FPR and other sites.

It was supposed to rain or snow today, but we thought we could sneak in a hike beforehand in Groton State Forest. We took VT 232 and turned into the campground, going past the unmanned contact station. We turned left at site 40 to get on Blake Hill Road and found the Big Deer Mountain Trail with no real parking area. We parked in some tall grass off the edge of the road. It looked like there might have been two parking areas once, but it's gotten quite overgrown. The trailhead has been logged in the somewhat recent past.

We took the trail south which soon got us into the woods. We passed a collapsed cabin and grill/chimney structure. The Sun made an appearance, and it was a nice morning. We turned at the junction and ascended moderately up the hill. There were two spots we thought might be the top. One was some bedrock on the right at a crest in the trail, the second was a 10 foot boulder near the viewpoint. Using a tree next to the boulder, I scrambled up to the top. Katrina tried, but the rock was too cold for her hands. The view out over Lake Groton was impressive. I spotted a ski trail on the main ridge of the Greens in the distance, but couldn't figure out which ski area it was.

On the way down we went back to the junction and turned left, heading towards the east side of the Osmore Pond Loop. Wanting to see the pond, we bushwhacked off trail and came out to a small point. It was breezy and chilly, but we saw a few birds floating on the pond in the distance. Then, we happened to see a head bobbing in and out of the water. It was the first time I saw an otter! We also found an old trac phone on the ground here. We wondered how long it had been lost. We then went back to the trail and got to see the lake again at one of the shelters. There was a small amount of ice on the pond's north end. Then we ascended out to the campground and got a little confused for a minute once we met up with the road. We soon found site 40 and got back onto Blake Hill Road, just as it started to rain. We walked quickly and didn't get too wet by the time we reached the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:628 ft / 191 m
    Total Elevation Loss:628 ft / 190 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 4
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:378 ft / 115 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 268 ft / 81 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Loss on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:Big Deer Mountain Trail
    Start Trailhead:Big Deer Mountain TH  1720 ft / 524 m
    Time:39 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:518 ft / 157 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 268 ft / 81 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Gain on way out:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:Big Deer Mountain - Osmore Pond Loop East - New Di
    End Trailhead:Big Deer Mountain TH  1720 ft / 524 m
    Time:1 Hours 37 Minutes

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