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OT: State High Points: Vermont - Mount Mansfield

On Sunday, June 27, I went up to Mount Mansfield.  At 4,393 feet, Mansfield is the tallest mountain in the state of Vermont.

I went up the Long Trail from the north.  The Long Trail is in actuality an extension of the Appalachian Trail, and it crosses many of the tallest mountains in Vermont.  However, to get to the top of Mansfield from the north, it involves scrambling over rocks.

From the west or east, Mansfield resembles a face on its side.  At the north, you get the Adam's Apple and The Chin (this is the highest point).  Going south, you will see the nose, and farthest south, the forehead.

And after the jump, you will see a selection of pictures I took while hiking.

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This shows just how steep the slopes of Mansfield are.

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The views get better as one gets higher up.

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Lots of ferns near the top.

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This is looking toward the nose.

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This is looking toward the summit.  Note the change in vegetation.

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There were not many views this day.  The views probably would have been better had it not been quite so cloudy.

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The summit.

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Looking west after a cloud rolled through.  How do I know the cloud passed over the summit?  Because it was visible between myself and climbers 30 feet away.

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Much of the summit looks like this.  It is actually alpine tundra, one of the few places in Vermont where you will find these conditions.  And yes, you are above the tree line at the summit of Mansfield.

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Undoubtedly the trickiest part of the ascent and descent is this.  In order to reach the summit, you really must scramble up these rocks.

It's even harder going down, because it can be difficult to keep your grip on these rocks.  I happen to know because as I was heading down, I slipped and injured my left knee.  It's left me with a slight limp, nothing more.

Should I make a post like this about Mount Greylock in Massachusetts?  Please let me know.  If not, the next group of pictures you will see will be from Mount Washington in New Hampshire.

To see the whole album on Facebook, click here.

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