|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Dorset Peak, VT|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, June 2, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||I parked at the fork on Tower Road just after the bridge over the Mettawee River. |
||Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Easy water crossings. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Minor blow downs. I crawled under one. The rest were easily maneuvered. |
||I saw none. |
||I knew it was going to be buggy so I put on the fly dope. They never bothered me. |
|Lost and Found:
|| Most of this hike was on old roads. The first section appears to have been used in recent years. It was in good condition. At .8 miles a herd path diverged left around a washout. The herd path rejoined the road at approximately the 1 mile mark. The road became steep shortly after this. At 2.25 miles I reached the T junction at the top of the col. I turned right at this intersection and continued on another old road toward Dorset. The road forked at 2.5 miles. There was what appeared to be a toppled cairn at this intersection. I was unsure what to do here. The road to the right went up. The road straight ahead traversed the hill side. The map showed the trail going up so I went to the right. This turned out to be correct as I reached the cairn marking the herd path to the south summit and tower at 2.9 miles. I planned to hit the tower on the way back so I continued straight. I reached the other end of the loop trail over the south summit at just over 3 miles. There is a new sign here pointing the way to the tower. This intersection also has the famed doorknob tree. I took the trail to the left at the doorknob tree and reached the summit of Dorset Mountain at 3.45 miles. There were a few soggy areas on this section of the trail. On the return trip I took the short detour over the south summit to the tower. There were no views through the clearing on this foggy day. |
I reached the Dorset summit in 1:40.
Round trip time was 3:20.
Round trip mileage was 7.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.