Well we made it up and over Mount Mansfield today and are now relaxing at Butler Lodge, which is like a small cabin compared to the shelters we have stayed in before.
Last night a big thunderstorm rolled through and dumped buckets of water on us. Fortunately the lightning was in the distance. This morning it was windy and we were in the clouds a good bit of the time. About 30 minutes before we reached the peak of Mansfield (known as the chin) the sky cleared and we had glorious views all around us. To the west Lake Champlain seemed very close and we could see the White Mountains to the east. Camel’s Hump, another big mountain that we’ll climb on Saturday, was visible to the south.
Mount Mansfield looks like a human face looking straight up to the sky. The highest point is the chin, which we reached first. We then walked to the visitor’s center which is just below the nose and took a break. Then we walked past the eyebrow and down to Butler Lodge.
Today the hiking was tough but the students did very well, even better than yesterday. The trail was wet from last night’s rain and there were some skips and falls but nothing serious.
Tomorrow we have a long day, about ten miles, and will cross Mount Mayo and Mount Bolton. Tonight we should have a great sunset since we have a clear view to the west from Butler Lodge.
Correction from yesterday’s post – the ski resort we passed yesterday was Smuggler’s Notch not Sugarbush as I reported.
Here are a few photos from the day.