Mt. Mansfield In The Rain

Alex, detouring around the puddle as we make our way off the main ridge and onto the Sunset Ridge Trail. 

So, this post is going to be less of a trip report and more about the pictures. Alex and I had scheduled a day of hiking on Sunday. However, as Sunday neared we realized that it was pretty likely that we were going to get a little wet. Fortunately, Alex had a similar outlook as myself… a bad day outside is still better than a good day inside. So, with that I picked up Alex and we headed to Underhill State Park on the west side of Mt Mansfield where the plan was to take the Halfway House trail up and the Sunset Ridge Trail down. The beginning of the hike was pretty nice… not too cool, no rain, and a cool fog hanging in the woods. Eventually though it did start raining… and continued to rain all the way back to the car. The thing is… if you’re prepared for the weather it can be a lot of fun hiking in the rain. No one else is out and things take on a totally different look and feel. I’d definitely recommend it sometime. 

Anyway, the trip clocked in at 5.85 miles and just over 2600 ft of elevation gain. It took us just over 4 hours to complete and we stopped quite often to take photos and were moving quite slowly on the slick rock during our decent. 

Enjoy the pics!

Our route…

 

 

Starting our way up in the mist… 

 

 

Stopping to take a photo or two… 

 

 

Alex still getting used to using the trekking poles… 

 

 

Cruising some of the boardwalks near the summit ridge in the rain… 

 

 

The views up here are amazing… when you can see 

 

 

Again… we can only imagine the beauty. However, there’s something neat about seeing the landscape slowly emerge through the fog on a day like this. 

 

 

Puddle jumping…

 

Next Week… The Adirondaks!

 

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