Ascent of Stowe Pinnacle on 2015-05-10

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose.
Date:Sunday, May 10, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stowe Pinnacle
    Elevation:2651 ft / 808 m

Ascent Trip Report

A moderately/steep trail climb to 2 peaks .... 4.5 miles, 3:20 hours RT.

I came back to the Worcester Mountain Range to bag the 2 remaining peaks in the PB Library. Stowe Pinnacle has 2 official TH Parking Lots, both with a western approach.

From the village of Stowe we drove south on hwy #100 for 1.5 miles to a left turn on Gold Brook Road, staying left at the first fork and following Gold Brook upstream, past the covered bridge on the left, to a T-junction at 1.9 miles. We turned right on Upper Hollow Road and in .6 miles arrived at the "Stowe Pinnacle TH Parking Lot" on the left (located northwest of the summit at an elevation of 1120', this trail climbs 1.65 miles to the Stowe Pinnacle summit).
200 yards before this TH Parking, on the left is Pinnacle Road that leads/climbs 1.4 miles to the "Pinnacle Meadows TH Parking Lot", we just followed the signs "Pinnacle Meadows Parking Lot" (located north of the summit at an elevation is 1660', this trail climbs 1.75 miles to the same summit).

I used the Pinnacle Meadows TH. The trail follows/climbs a gated road .5+ miles to a large clearing, with a Plaque embedded in a huge rock (donors names to the Pinnacle Meadows, Stowe Land Trust). The trail starts here and heads southwesterly to join up with the Stowe Pinnacle Trail at the northwest side of the summit (44.43180,-72.65282) ... this trail junction is signed "Stowe Pinnacle Parking 1 mile", Pinnacle Meadows Parking .54 miles", "Stowe Pinnacle summit .65 miles". Note that the .54 miles is wrong, this distance is to the Plaque only.

From this junction the trail climbs steeply to a notch, then southeasterly on the northern slopes of the mountain to another signed trail junction, 44.42933,-72.64785, east of the summit (about .5 miles from first junction) .... right leads west .15 miles to the Stowe Pinnacle summit, steep with rock ledges.
I first went left (southeast), signed "Skyline Trail", to the summit of HOGBACK MOUNTAIN at approx .5 miles. The last half of this climb was very difficult for this old man, very steep/rough/rock/slippery, had to take numerous granny breaks. The trails have yet to be cleared of debris/downfall from the winter damage.
The summit, heavily wooded with no views, is not easy too identify.

On my return trip I went to STOWE PINNACLE and was rewarded with an outstanding Panorama. A very popular destination, numerous groups out today, families with small children.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1191 ft / 362 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:trail sb from Pinnacle Meadows TH
    Trailhead:Pinnacle Meadows TH  1660 ft / 505 m
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: stowe pinnacle

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Hogback Mountain2015-05-10 a720 ft / 219 m
2Stowe Pinnacle2015-05-10 b1191 ft / 363 m
Total Trip Gain: 1911 ft / 582 m    Total Trip Loss: 1911 ft / 582 m

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