Caledonia County Highpoint Trip Report
Signal Mtn (3,360+ ft)
Date: April 30, 2006
Author: Brennan Connelly
I took advantage of 2 strange concurrences: a warm day in VT and not being on a
plane on a Sunday to bag my 12th VT HP and 113th overall.
I followed a combination of previous reports and my own notes from last year's
Butterfield hike. I looked for the gravel pit mentioned in Papa Bear's report
from last year but did not locate it. I stayed on the road until a second
bridge, directly south of the summit.
I took a true north bearing, gritted my teeth, and plunged into the undergrowth.
Previous reports are correct that after about 2700 feet, the undergrowth dies
off and the boreal spruce forest takes over, making the final 600 feet a fairly
easy endeavor. The register is still there and has gained very few names since
last year, mine being the second this year.
Going down, I trended more to the west and intersected an overgrown woods road
at about 2800 feet which greatly facilitated my passage through the lower
reaches of the mountain. It comes out on the road just past the first bridge
and is marked by two red tape flags and a yellow caution sign with indeterminate
markings. While it doesn't go directly to the summit, I would highly recommend
it for quick passage through the undergrowth.
This is a fairly straightforward bushwhack which would have been made much
easier had either of the gates been open, which they have not been during my 3
or so trips to the area. I would highly recommend doing these during the brief
window of time between mud season and bug season (around May). The bugs aren't
out, the weather is warm, and the undergrowth hasn't had a chance to grow in
quite yet. Also, long pants and stout boots are a necessity.
Hiking statistics: 7.1 miles round trip with 2,150 feet of elevation gain.