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Exploring the mountains in Vermont — without the snow

Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014
— Ski towns in summer, Mt. Mansfield
View from Mt. Mansfield hike

View from Mt. Mansfield's Frost Trail.

View from Mt. Mansfield, Vermont

I guess I adore mountains no matter the season. I love getting out in the woods and earning a view.

On Saturday, one of my skiing buddies and I enjoyed a "triangle" hike on Mt. Mansfield. We went up the Frost Trail, where open, slabby rock areas afforded us great views to the south and west. (See photo above, looking south toward Dewey, Clark and Bolton Mountains.) We even enjoyed a few tiny blueberries! Then, we crossed the Rock Garden Trail which is very interesting — full of boulders and cliff faces. After reaching Butler Lodge and having a snack, we descended the Butler Lodge Trail to return to the trailhead in Underhill. Don't you love loop hikes? I do.

I've included shots from a couple of other recent hikes in northern Vermont, as well. Are you getting out in the mountains this summer?

Molly Stark's Balcony, Long Trail

Above: View from Molly Stark's Balcony on the Long Trail. Looking north, Camel's Hump at center.

View of Mt. Mansfield in Stowe, VT

Above: View of Mt. Mansfield from Stowe Pinnacle.


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