There was a lot of interest in this hike, but in the end we had a group of seven experienced hikers. Some of us carpooled from Hinesburg while the others met the group in Lincoln. Even though we didn’t start until a little after 10 a.m., it was very cold and we all bundled up.

The trail had been broken after a recent heavy snowstorm but not packed, so we all put on snowshoes for the hike up. Although it didn’t warm up a great deal and it was very windy on the summit, the sun was out and it was a gorgeous day. With the trees laden with snow and the blue sky above, the views were absolutely spectacular. We opted not to stay on the top for lunch and instead went down to Battell Shelter, where we found a lunch spot in the sun and out of the wind.

After lunch, one person’s snowshoe binding broke so he hiked out with just boots. Two members of the group used sleds part of the way down, while the rest of us snowshoed out. At the bottom, we had a few snacks and then returned home. All in all, it was a great hike and a fun group of hikers.

Participants: Steve Titcomb, Kevin Burke, Jill George, Alan Finn, Ken Austin, Rich Larsen, Sheri Larsen (leader). Photos by Steve Titcomb.