Up Laura Cowles Trail in the shelter of the trees, then out into the exposed summit winds. Temps in the teens, wind steady at 30-40 mph with higher gusts. Visibility over 75 miles, with views to the Whites, the Adirondacks, and beyond. Great day. Hiking from the Underhill State Park side much more sensible than Long Trail for winter ascent.
I have been climbing this mountain regularly since I moved to VT in 1992. I've been to the summit around 45 times or so, but have also hiked and skied all over and around the mountain. Now I'm lucky enough to have a full view of the western side of the mountain right out my back window. Nothing beats watching the full moon rise over the "Forehead" on a clear fall night. Beware of the Wampahoofus!
Climbed with Flanders on our annual trip to the mountains. Departed Lake Willoughby in the morning and made Smuggler's Notch by sometime just after noon. Stashed the car in some woods nearby and started up in early afternoon. Trail up to Taft Lodge was nice and went quicker than expected. Lightened our packs there and headed up to the summit late afternoon. Profanity Trail was fun. Reminded me of a shorter version of Tuckerman Ravine on Washington (which you can see on the horizon from the summit of Mansfield). Came back down after lounging about various places from between the Adams Apple and the Chin to between the Chin and the Nose.
Had dehydrated dinner and was fortunate enough to be able to borrow a filter from an AT Thru-hiker in the lodge. Saved us time of boiling water to drink. Went to bed early but the lodge caretaker and his stoner buddies kept us up a while with their antics and herbal odors. Headed down the next morning early and enjoyed neat morning sunlight beaming through red and orange leaves above on the trail.
Is a nice hike and a bit less full of tourons than the summit of New Hampshire's Mt. Washington.
Ranger #1-on the summit met a guy named Brian whom we would meet again on Camel's Hump. Looks a bit like a long-haired version of the villain in the Matrix movies. Very passionate about the flora and fauna.
Ranger #2-leg-tattooed granola girl, didn't say much
Ranger#3-attractive-faced blonde girl with legs muscled like Herschel Walker in his prime. Unfortunately, they were about as hairy as Herschel's and I am not into the European thing like that.
Ranger #4-the Caretaker of the lodge. Stoner guy named Dan. Nice enough but duuuuuuude, Cheech and Chong called and they want their pot back.
60 degrees on 108, 35 and breezy on the summit. Views were clear in all directions with Lake Champlain and the Daks dominating the Western views. Camel's Hump to the south was amazing and Mount Washington (pointed out by the summit caretakers) was visible to the East.
Stayed at the Taft Lodge overnight and enjoyed the sunrise.
Hiked this in a driving rain and pea-soup thick fog. Nerses 10 feet away was all but invisible. Smuggler's Notch looked very mysterious in the fog.
rained - but fun trip
Some hand over hand, not overly difficult but some nice steep sections in short stretches. I was the only one ascending the Long Trail in winter the day I went, trail is a bit difficult to follow in deep snow, short rock/ice section at very end. Both times an excellent hike
Splendid hike, but no water on the trail!!!
Surprisingly excellent hike. Decided to hike up at the last minute while on vacation in Stowe. We underestimated the length of the hike and should have brought more than water and one Powerbar. Fantastic views from the top.
Short and T-shirt of October. Great day and clear sky.
Cheated a little. Took the gondola up to the lodge. Hiked from there, meeting up with the long trail to the summit. Weather was awful -- zero visibility and occaisional drizzle. Also hiked profanity. I'll need to return when the wheather is a little more cooperative.
For our next adventure, my parents and I drove over to Stowe, Vermont to drive and hike to the highest point in Vermont. Once we got to the parking area at 3,800 feet we were rudely greeted by 30 mph winds. At first we were not sure if we wanted to make the 1.5 mile, 700 vertical foot climb. However, after seeing that other hikers were going and not being blown off the mountain, we decided to go for it. We had to improvise with towels and sweaters over our heads in order to protect ourselves from the wind.
Most of this delightful hike is above treeline, affording excellent views.
We continued onward and upward. Once we got close to the summit, the sun came out and the winds died down some. We were proud to have attained the hi-point of Vermont in spite of the elements on a very windy day.
Scott and I left the parking lot at the end of the closed road in Stowe at about 5:45 am with the temperature at –5 degrees F. Had a great hike to Taft lodge where it had warmed up to +10F. Hiking through the snow covered spruce trees was like being in a winter wonderland! Climbed Profanity trail to the summit where there were high winds and a much colder temperature. Tremendous views and only saw one other climber on the way down. Darryl
Excellent hike. Dog hated it though. Crystals in the rock tore off the pads on his feet (paws). I felt terrible that this happened. I had to carry him down. Going up was great. Great view as well.