We decided to head to Vermont for the weekend to Climb Mt Mansfield, along the way there were a ton of different things to do so we of course stopped a few times along the way. We didn't want to stay at a hotel and we didn't have any of our camping gear at school so we instead decided to stay at a local Bed and Breakfast, which turned out to be a great idea. This was the first time we had chosen to stay at a Bed and Breakfast and it was the start of a long line of weekend vacations at them for years
The Gables Inn in Stowe is where we stayed and it is a convenient jumping off point for this state highpoint. If you haven't tried staying at a local B&B you should really try one out on your next trip.
We left after class on a Friday and were up and ready to go early the next morning we chose to take the Long trail South and were not disappointed. We only went to the Highpoint itself (the Chin) and didn't continue along the trail to the rest of the face profile. Mt Mansfield is commonly referred to by these terms, the picture below can show you a little clearer what they mean as the "face" isn't exactly easily recognizable. The longs trail passes just to the left of the Adams apple on this picture and heads straight for the chin. If you choose to do the whole Face it is a quick detour from the trail to the Adams Apple then up to the Chin as I will talk about here and then it adds about another 2 miles above treeline to pick up the Nose and the Forehead. This could be a really fun hike, but it just wasn't in the game plan for us this time. Maybe in the future I will head back and pick up the rest of the mountain.
|Beginning of the steep section and first sight of snow|
From the Lodge there is only about .3 miles of hiking left to go but this is where the trail starts to get really steep. If you add in a little bit of snow and ice it can get a bit treacherous. I wouldn't say that it is really dangerous but it is definitely a spot to slow down and make sure your footing is good or you may be in for a bad day.
|Kim with the USGS Marker at the summit|
|Standing at the Summit of Mt Mansfield as the storm clouds start to roll in|
Of course the trip wasn't over yet, Kim and I still had one day left of our Vermont vacation. On the way up to Stowe, we passed signs for the Ben and Jerry's factory. Now if you have been living under a rock for the past 20 years you probably haven't heard of Ben and Jerry's but if not you know that it is probably the best Ice Cream ever made. And really, who doesn't love ice cream. Plus, we just climbed a mountain, we deserved a treat. We dutifully stopped for some ice cream and took a tour. It is absolutely worth the trip if you are in the area and a great thing to do if you you are climbing Mansfield. I hope you enjoyed If you have any questions or comments let me know!
|Ben and Jerry's tour|