Ascent of Rochester Mountain on 2016-01-22

Climber: Dharma Bum

Date:Friday, January 22, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rochester Mountain
    Elevation:2953 ft / 900 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rochester Mountain can be accessed pretty easily from the Rochester Gap Road which is an abandoned road connecting the Towns of Rochester and Randolph. I chose Randolph which is closer to me and parked at the end of Byam Road. From there I traveled on some logging roads in a northwesterly to Alexander Road and The Gap Road. Here I discovered that I could have parked on Alexander Road which is year round maintained. Starting from here it is about a 4 mile RT hike.

I skied up the Gap Road and at the Gap there are obvious trails to both Rochester Mountain and Mount Cushman both are within a mile of the Gap. There's a pretty nice summit on Rochester with a clearing and great views to the east. I didn't have time for making it to Cushman but that looks pretty direct and moderate.

This was a great trail for winter hiking and skiing although the Gap Road is steep in sections (about 20%) for skiing. One of Vermont's 100 highest.

PS - I noticed a sign for a trail to Rochester Mtn near the high point on Camp Brook Road which is the main road between Rochester and Randolph. HIking from here would eliminate a lot of the elevation gain .
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