Route: Vermont 4000ers (VT)

Location
Vermont, US
Distance
118.6 mi
Description

There are 5 peaks in Vermont over 4000 feet: Mount Mansfield, Camel's Hump, Mount Abraham, Mount Ellen, and Killington Peak. They are all easily accessible from roads.  We have 2 variations:  "just the peaks" (i.e., driving between the THs), and "peaks & connections" (including human powered travel between the THs).  Our map shows Peter Howe's track connecting all the peaks by bike.

Note that for "just the peaks" the standard seems to be to start the clock at the first TH (Killington) and stop at the final summit.

GPS Track

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On 9/21/2020 (this Monday), I will go for the self-supported, peaks and connections route. My plan is to start early at Killingtons base and end at sunset on top of Mansfield.

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I ran the Vermont 4000-footers (just the peaks) self-supported in 9:25:47 today. I started at 7:15 a.m. at the Bucklin trailhead and finished at 4:41 p.m. on the summit of Ellen. Full details tomorrow when I have computer access. Great day to be out in the mountains!

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If anyone else gives this a try I thought I would add a couple clarifying notes:

-For the “just the peaks” variation I think we should exclude the base of the K1 gondola as the starting point for Killington, as it’s just too high to be in the spirit of this challenge. (No one has done this yet, but I could see someone thinking it was fine to try.) Obviously, I would exclude the Mansfield auto road for the same reason, although it’s fun to think about whether using the auto road is actually worth it from a time-saving perspective.

​​​​​​-The Long Trail in Smuggler’s Notch (at the base of the Mansfield climb) has been relocated as of 2017. I noticed that Katlin’s recent (awesome!) effort followed the old routing of the LT. This doesn’t make much of a difference time-wise and was probably accidental (many maps still show the old route), but as a Green Mountain Club employee I ought to encourage everyone to stick to currently maintained trails. I’m definitely not calling for a flag or DQ, just something to keep in mind going forward!

Hey Nigel! Awesome work and thanks for the details! Can you specify the trails did you used? A friend and I attempted this last weekend but we did start at the K1 lodge for Killington. We also hit Killington last as it seemed the most logical way to do the drives, but curious as to your driving route too. Definitely want to give this another (more official!) shot. Last question; was this your moving time or total time? Thanks!!

completed the supported peaks abs connections friday the 23rd of july 2021 in 13hrs 48min. hell of a fun day.

Just finished the peaks and connections self supported in 13:37, starting at the Killington parking lot and ending at the Stowe parking lot. More to come in an official report soon.