Ascent of Antone Mountain on 2011-04-30

Climber: Ben Morrow

Date:Saturday, April 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Antone Mountain
    Elevation:2600 ft / 792 m

Ascent Trip Report

First hike since January and trying to build up the old endurance yet again. This was also my first hike outside of New York, though I actually drove less to get there than many others I've done. The Merck Forest and Farmland Center, where several trails in this area originate from, is very easy to find. Drive west 3 miles on route 315 from its junction with route 30 in Rupert, VT. Right on the top of the hill at this point is a sign for the center and a dirt/gravel road into the woods. Easy enough!

The first part of the hike (~0.8 miles) was up the gravel Old Town Road and takes you past a sugar house and a farm with a couple of sheep and some cows. From a junction at 0.8 miles I took the Antone Road the rest of the way to the summit at 2.5 miles. These were the only trails/roads I was on during this hike, though there are several others in the area and one could easily spend an entire weekend walking this whole area and staying at one of the several shelters.

There were a few downed trees along the way, but otherwise the trails were in great shape and not too wet. It was very interesting to walk past a working maple sap harvesting area and seeing the tubing connecting all the trees and being piped down to the sugar house. Met a nice couple and their dog Coco near the summit and while the grass and other greenery is starting to show in earnest, there were some beautiful daffodils in full bloom by the farm and sugar house that really got my attention. I definitely plan on returning to this area to climb a few more of the small peaks here.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:820 ft / 249 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Old Town Road/Antone Road
    Trailhead:Merck Forest and Farmland Visitor Center  1780 ft / 542 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail

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