Ascent of Cutts Peak on 2021-11-11

Climber: Floyd Greenwood

Others in Party:UMOC: Isaac H.
Isaac G.
Andrew D.
Grace G.
Will C.
Date:Thursday, November 11, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cutts Peak
    Elevation:4020 ft / 1225 m

Ascent Trip Report

Entered 11/12/2021. Drove up from MA to VT Wednesday (11/10) night. Stashed a car at App Gap around 8:15pm then drove in a second to Lincoln Gap Road, the upper part of which closed for the winter back in October. Cement barriers blocked the road just past a red house before Forest Road 66. This is about where private inholdings in the National Forest end. We parked in front of the barrier and hiked the road about 1.2 miles to the Long Trail. The road reaches about a 20% grade. Once reaching the high point of the Gap, we hiked south on the Long Trail another 0.7 or so miles to Sunset Ledge. The trail is rocky at times but not steep or technical in good weather. Behind Sunset Ledge there are tent sites in the woods.

We began hiking at 7:30 Thursday morning and retraced our steps north back to Lincoln Gap. After Lincoln Gap, we ascended mostly gradually to Mount Abraham. The only steep section is just below the summit. The summit is exposed and has rare views of both the Adirondacks and the White Mountains. I could see Mount Marcy and snow-capped Mount Washington on either side of me. From there the Long Trail is a series of short ups and downs along a high, subalpine ridge, occasionally passing by ski lodges and ski lifts. Each one was different and fun to check out. The second major summit of the day was Mount Ellen. I almost passed by the summit without noticing it. It is wooded and the only views offered are from a cleared ski trail just below the summit. From there was a short descent to Stark Mountain, passing by Mad River ski resort. Then there was the longest descent of the day to App Gap. We made good time and arrived at App Gap at 4:30pm (before sunset). We crammed into the car and drove to Lincoln Gap to retrieve the other car. Then we stopped at The Mad Taco in Waitsfield before driving home.

Day by day stats are provided on ascents for Mount Abraham and Mount Ellen.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
unlimited visibility, around 32 deg F, high clouds rolled in near end of day,
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Lincoln Gap Road, Long Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lincoln Gap Road  
Descent Statistics
    Route:Long Trail
    End Trailhead:Appalachian Gap  
Ascent Part of Trip: Lincoln Gap to App Gap 20211111 (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Abraham2021-11-11 a 
2Little Abe2021-11-11 b 
3Lincoln Peak2021-11-11 c 
4Nancy Hanks Peak2021-11-11 d 
5Castle Rock-Sugarbush2021-11-11 e 
6Lynx Peak2021-11-11 f 
7Cutts Peak2021-11-11 g 
8Mount Ellen2021-11-11 h 
9Stark Mountain2021-11-11 i 
10Stark Mountain - North Peak2021-11-11 j 
    Total Trip Loss: 3335 ft / 1017 m

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