Sunday, January 28, 2018
Weathersfield Trail, Perkinsville,
Connecticut, West of River,
The hike up Mt Ascutney is on the Weathersfield Trail, Vermont's oldest hiking trail. It is 5.8 miles with an elevation gain of 2060'. The terrain is a combination of steep, strenuous and moderate. There is no hand-over-hand climbing, and no exposed summit. There are stream crossings, ice-falls, huge granite outcroppings, a hang-gliding launch, and a viewing tower with grand vistas. A radio tower is on the summit. Snow and ice are on the trail requiring foot traction. Plan to use Microspikes or Hillsounds. Note: Yak-Trax and Stabilicers are not aggressive enough and will not be accepted. Crampons are not necessary. Have Snowshoes available. We will hike at a moderate pace (1 mile per hour is reasonable going up a mountain). We will take regular breaks for "HELP" (hydrate, eat, layer adjustment, and pee) and try to minimize stops so we don't get cold.