Saturday December 27, 2014 Mt Elmore by John BuddingtonThe day was cloudy and in the thirties and thus comfortable for late December. Four of us met in Worcester and rendezvoused with the fifth at the winter parking area of Elmore State Park. We were equipped with microspikes and snow shoes.
We set out at 10:30, one on snowshoes and 4 with microspikes. The trail was a bit mushy but easily negotiated by all. We encountered 5 hikers while ascending and 2 on the descent. From the trailhead, we hiked 0.9 miles up the park road and through the gate to the junction with the ridge trail. We continued left along Catamount Trail and the tower trail to the warden's cabin site for 1.25 miles, arriving there at 12:15. We ate lunch.
After lunch we continued for 0.15 miles on icy footsteps to the tower. We descended on the 2-year old Ridge Trail on well-frozen snow past the view towards Mount Mansfield and Hanging Rock. The views were acceptable with hints of sunshine, though not exquisite. After 2.1 miles beginning with solid snow and ending with more mush we completed our loop. We reached the parking area at 4:00 after hiking 5.3 miles.
The GPS track was recorded by Steve B using his Samsung Galaxy and is available on EveryTrail.com. (Google Earth users can download the Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file by saving this link. This includes 6 photos from Steve.
|Winter parking area (start)||1162||0.00|
|Catamount Trail split||1964||1.57|
|Warden's cabin site||2377||2.06|
|Winter parking area (end)||1162||5.30|