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Tour de Brew – Part II

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Tour de Brew

After our morning spend riding Smuggler’s Notch (See Part I), we took a bit of a break before heading out for a hike up Mt. Mansfield. Mt. Mansfield is the highest point in Vermont, reaching an elevation of 4393 feet.  We decided to take the “Long Trail” from Smuggler’s Notch with a goal of reaching “The Chin” – the highest point.

Matt, Trent and Shawn Climbing Mt. Mansfield

Matt, Trent and Shawn Climbing Mt. Mansfield

The trip up was spectacular, consisting of a good solid climb most of the way. Higher up, some sections become rocky, and the trees get shorter. Suddenly, we popped out of the treeline and were fully exposed on the peak, with spectacular views all around. A few steep rocky climbs (which could be tricky when wet!) lead us up to “The Chin” – the highest point in Vermont! We stopped for a brief look, but decided to head down before cooling off too much.

Close to the Peak

Close to the Peak

The trip down went quickly, with Trent and Matt setting a blistering downhill pace that was tough to match. These guys must be mountain goats! Shawn and I preferred to save our knees, and descended a bit slower. However, we all got stopped part-way down by a couple of hikers with their dogs who were sitting on the side of the trail. We approached, and they pointed to a moose close ahead. After a few moments of watching, we saw the calf as well, just a bit further down the trail. Very close by! We stood for several minutes, and took some photos and videos. Since it didn’t appear the moose were going to move, we eventually made some noise and they cleared out so we could continue. A quick descent back down the trail, and we were back at the car.

Mansfield Moose

Mansfield Moose

The total distance of our hike was 3.63km each way, for a total of 7.26km. Total elevation gain worked out to 783m, with an average grade of 21.5%! Yikes, that’s steep!

Food, beer and sleep followed. A big day of biking and hiking was behind us, and another one was on its way; the infamous Appalachian Gap ride was looming!

The Peak Organic Maple Oat Ale was a favourite!

The Peak Organic Maple Oat Ale was a favourite!

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