Chittenden County Highpoint Trip Report
Mount Mansfield (4,393 feet)
Date: June 3, 2008
Author: Adam Helman
This effort was part of a larger journey
collecting state, national park, and Canadian provincial highpoints in June 2008.
Early June trail conditions - Vermont Long Trail
Early June is not the optimal time for climbing Mount Mansfield owing to
streams of water flowing down the rocks and boulders high on the trail.
These conditions are a perfect set-up for slipping, especially on descent.
I hiked to the Mansfield / "Adams Apple" saddle and followed white marks
to the top. This route is not hands-in-pocket since, among other items,
there is a steep chute one must negotiate for perhaps ten vertical feet and located
perhaps one-third of the vertical gain from the saddle to the summit.
I consumed 2.1 hours for the 2,800 feet of gain from the trailhead along Route 108.
After returning to the saddle I trivially followed a Class 1 trail to the summit of my
namesake hill - the Lamoille County highpoint.
It rained for much of the descent.