Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Dome, Pownal, VT

July 26, 2013
Distance: 5.2 miles, 1715 feet elevation gain
Time: 3 hours 13 minutes
Year to date miles: 174.8

Map: See book, or AMC Massachusetts Trail Map

Parking: White Oaks Road, Pownal, VT. The road turns into a gravel road, at the point it crosses the MA/VT border. It is the second parking area on the right. We didn't see a sign for the trail, but we saw the red blazes and a cable across the trail. Room for around 4 cars.

Restrooms: None
Post hike dinner:  Baba Louies Pittsfield, MA

Directions: AMCs Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires
From the parking area, follow the red blazes all of the way to the summit.

Notes: Kind of a warm humid day, which made the hike up difficult for me. The bugs were fierce today - I kept hitting my head trying to kill them!!!!  The trail is a continual gradual uphill climb, never very steep. There isn't much water available on the trail, so make sure to bring plenty of extra for dogs. We only saw 2 hikers today. The trail is rocky, some of the rocks pretty interesting. There is barely a view at the summit - just a thin sliver of a view of Mount Greylock. The area approaching the summit is pretty though.

Parking area

Start of the trail

Crossing a meadow in the beginning...Moxie smiling

Intersection with the Agawon Trail. We also passed some unblazed trails, but really had no issues navigating.

Intersection - turning right staying on the red blazed trail.

The dogs taking a break at a mud puddle. There was a stream at the trailhead, but other than that, water was scarce.

Getting close to the summit, the trees change

Sign at the summit. We  didn't see any geodesic markers.

A sliver of a view.

Trek and Moxie, summit

Glen, summit

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