Ascent of Dorset Mountain on 2018-07-14

Climber: Map Man

Date:Saturday, July 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dorset Mountain
    Elevation:3760 ft / 1146 m

Ascent Trip Report

We hiked Dorset on a cloudy day for #89 on the Hundred Highest. The trailhead was easy to find - the location is right on Google Maps. The trail to Dorset Peak starts on the left fork at the end of Tower Road. There is a grassy clearing for parking on the right near the beginning of the rough road, and another one about 1/4 mile up the road. I found the trail/road was very easy to follow and the forest in the giant hollow is quite beautiful. One of the two initial branches of the Mettawee River seems to begin at a sizable trailside spring in this valley. The hike itself is rather steep, but not as bad as some say. The view from the tower clearing was actually good despite the raindrops today. True, it is human-cleared, but this is just another "viewless" peak with a pretty decent view. Here are some directions for finding your way:

Start hiking up the tower road from the parking area, which starts out gradual. In 0.8 miles, the road becomes a bed of rocks from washouts. A herd path leaves at the beginning of this section and parallels it closely until the end. When the bypass and the rocky road rejoin, bear right and pass through a clearing with the remains of a cabin. The road becomes steep soon after this, gaining almost 1100 feet in 1.1 miles. The road follows the brook past some cascades in this section and passes by its source at a large spring. At the end of this section, the road reaches the gap between Dorset and its west peak. Turn right at the T-junction and proceed 0.3 miles up a flatter section to a fork with a cairn. Turn right onto the steeper path. After 0.4 miles of steeper climbing, reach another cairn, where a herd path turns right. Follow this herd path 0.1 miles up to the fire tower remains, where there is a good view from the clearing. By moving around, you can see Killington and the Adirondacks. Continue on the trail as it turns left and descends to Doorknob Junction, where the road you were on before comes in from the left. You can descend this way. Continue straight, soon crossing a perpetually muddy section and ascending an easy 0.4 miles to the summit register, where there is a backwards sign and a broken jug.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2400 ft / 731 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2400 ft / 730 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.9 mi / 11.1 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2400 ft / 731 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2280 ft / 695 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Tower Road/unofficial trails
    Start Trailhead:Tower Road  1480 ft / 451 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2280 ft / 694 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:unofficial trails/Tower Road
    End Trailhead:Tower Road  1480 ft / 451 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Dorset Peak

Complete Trip Sequence:
2Dorset Mountain2018-07-14 b2400 ft / 732 m
Total Trip Gain: 2400 ft / 732 m    Total Trip Loss: 2400 ft / 732 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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