Ascent of Dorset Mountain on 2016-01-24

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, January 24, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dorset Mountain
    Elevation:3760 ft / 1146 m

Ascent Trip Report

I chose to approach Dorset Peak from the south, via the Dorset Hollow Approach. To reach the start of this route, I turned onto Dorset Hollow Rd from VT 30 near Dorset center, then veered slight left onto Upper Hollow Rd; at the end of that road, I turned slight left onto Tower Rd and followed it to its end at a plowed pulloff. Parking was found in said pulloff.

From my parking spot, I followed the woods road uphill slightly, which was tracked out at first; however, the tracks ended after about a 1/2 mile or so, so I tracked out the rest of the route. Snow cover was somewhat thin though, so snowshoes or light traction would do the job; I wore the latter. After a brook crossing near a demolished cabin, the trail's grade picked up in grade slightly, then signficantly, following a brook most of the way to the "Notch" between Dorset and its west summit. Near the notch, the trail mellowed a bit, then I climbed again into it, meeting up with the Danby trail. Apparently, the Danby route is used by snowmobiles, since I saw tracks from them heading down the trail from the notch. The rest of the way to Dorset, though, was untracked. Back to trail breaking I went...

...but not for long. Not long after leaving the notch, I was passed by four snowmobiles, who also packed out the trail (thank you!). A few tenths of a mile after the passing, the route veered right uphill (not packed out). More steep climbing awaited me, but it wasn't as bad as the approach to the ridge. I soon came to a path heading very abruptly uphill to what I later found out was the south peak, but I skipped that and stayed on the path I tracked out.

Soon, I came to a junction, marked by a sign and more snowmobile tracks. The way to Dorset Peak was left; I went right at first, but then turned around and went the left route. About 1/10 of a mile or so past the junction, I came to another one marked by an old and very weathered sign stating what was where. The way to go was straight through. It was rough going at times due to the steep walking beforehand, but I soon stood on the 3,770 ft. summit, 2 hours after starting.

The summit of Dorset Peak was wooded to the bone and therefore viewless, but it had a canister (which I popped open and signed), an derelict sign, and an old jug. I took my summit footage and then cleared a spot and ate some snacks. Headed back down the way I came after about a 1/2 hour on the top. Got back to the car in an hour.

Ultimately, this is a peakbagger's mountain- besides being on the NE 50 Finest and 100 Highest, there's not much to this one, but hey, it's another one off both of said lists, and another new peak in general. Plus, I got to test out my navigation skills a little bit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2300 ft / 701 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:Tower Rd. Trail
    Trailhead:Tower Rd  1460 ft / 445 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 

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