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Ascent of Dorset Mountain on 2013-08-30

Climber: Mike Guethle

Date:Friday, August 30, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dorset Mountain
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3760 ft / 1146 m

Ascent Trip Report

Out of all the mountains I've climbed, Dorset and Equinox are among the two that I underrated the most.

Dorset is steep. Like, "oh dear god when will this end" steep. Like, literally took me 2 hours 15 minutes to summit and 50 minutes to descend.

Also, there are trails all the way to the summit. Contrary to any posts that have already been added, there are herd paths all the way to the top, the vast majority on ATV roads. In an effort to avoid future trail braiding and to hopefully assimilate the multitude of efforts to mark a trail, I followed marked cairns all the way to the top, took GPS points at them, and am posting them here:

1) Park at the end of Tower Road in Dorset. Funny thing is, Tower Road goes all the way to the goddamned top of the mountain. I parked after the last house in a little field area, right after the road becomes very smooth (smooth, of course, being a general term that may not apply to everyone driving dirt roads). You can park wherever, but use your judgment, and don't park in the middle of the road.

2) Walk up the road to a cabin. The road goes right up to the cabin. There are a few washed out sections of the trail, and in these locations either walk along the (usually dry) stream bed or on the relocated trail to the left. Cabin is at 43d17.714m, -73d03.582m

3) Once you get to the cabin (about half a mile to a mile in), the road goes up for approximately one eternity (in this case, an eternity is one mile or so). I'm talking like a 25-30% grade, here. Eventually, you will come to a T in the road. Go right. Tee is located at 43d18.432m, -73d02.899m

4) A quarter mile farther in, you will come to another fork. I am suggesting that you go right, as it is more direct. There is a rumor on the internets that the left road works too, but I can't yet confirm that. Fork is located at 43d18.453m, -73d02.589m

5) A bit farther in, there is a herd path that goes to the North peak to the right. Feel free to take this, but it is not the actual summit. It looks cool, so you can go up it. If you do want to see the tower, walk up this herd path, then take the trail to the left. If not, follow straight on to location 6. Herd path cairn is located at 43d18.422m, -73d02.201m

6) Another fork! At this point, the ATV trail is effectively done. Continue leftish/straight, and follow the sign for the summit. Location is at 43d18.400m, -73d02.086m.

7) Fork again, go left to the summit, location is 43d18.391m, -73d02.071m.

8) Yet another fork! Go left, almost there! location 43d18.645m, -73d01.919m

9) Summit! Yaaaaay there's a sign and a canister and like 5 logs from an old cabin and some pottery and stuff.

If all else fails, take follow the white diamond signs someone has posted. They are useful.
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