Monday, June 17, 2013

Stowe Pinnacle, Stowe, VT

June 16, 2013

Distance: 3.7 miles
Time: 3 hours 7 minutes
Year to date miles: 145.7

Map: See book

Parking: Upper Hollow Road, just past Pinnacle Road, Stowe, VT. Room for around 10 cars. Book lists GPS coordinates. When we started the hike, there were only 2 other cars in the parking lot. When we left, there were 16 cars (continuing parking along the road).

Restrooms: None

Post hike dinner: Brattleboro Food Coop, Brattleboro, VT
Directions: AMC's Best Day Hikes in Vermont

Notes: Short mileage, but tough hike. This was our second attempt of this hike. On our first trip, we had to turn back due to thunder. This morning was cool, which helped. We hiked purposefully slowly so that we wouldn't exhaust ourselves. This hike starts with a nice level warm up. But then it goes up and up and up. No rock scrambling really, just unending uphill. The reward at the top made it worth it!

This hike had a ton of dogs on it. One of our books said that it is best to go on a weekday, unless your dog has impeccable social manners. One of mine doesn't, but we did the best we could.

I think that is our mountain. Glen said with a frown, it looks steep.

Trek walking through the buttercups

The beginning is level. The hike was very muddy.

Glen building with stone.

Adding the finishing rock

Turn right at the teepee

Intersection with the Pinnacle Meadows Trail. Continue straight.

Intersection with Ridge Trail. Turn right.

Trek and krummholz

Summit view. So many mountains left to hike!

Little girl with stick on big mountain

Windy summit makes for a bad hair day for the little girl

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