Lake George

Lake George
Lake George - from Tongue Mtn Range - 11/11/2011

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Netop Mountain (2875') and Dorset Hill (2782') - Dorset, VT - 4/14/19

For this hike, I chose start from a parking area called "Baker Camp" on the National Geographic map.   From Dorset, follow Dorset Hollow Road to Upper or Lower Hollow Road to Tower Road to Grouse Road (private).  Grouse Road splits at the end and the Forest Service has built an access road to a parking lot.  Stay left at the end of Grouse Road to utilize this parking area.  A sign labels it as "Dorset Hollow".  A kiosk has just been built, but does not yet contain any information.

The new kiosk at "Dunham Hollow"

Dunham Hollow parking area.

I didn't know if I would be bushwhacking or following an old logging road or woods road on this day.  I didn't expect a trail, but a trail was there.  It was soon apparent that the trail was in the process of being built and it is a single track mountain bike trail.  Afterwards I found out on the internet that the Northshire Area Trails System of VT, (NATS) is building a 3.9 mile trail up Netop Mountain.   I followed this for awhile, but, being designed for bikes, it had more switchbacks than I wanted for climbing. 

The single track trail

I left the single track trail to do an easy bushwhack up the side of Netop Mountain to the ridge.  

I gained the ridge near the southern sub-summit of Netop Mountain.  I went there first, then continued on the lightly treed ridge to Dorset Hill.  I followed an old woods road.  Next I retreated my steps and went to the true summit of Nepot and northward to the end of the ridge.    

Dorset Hill

Stratton Mountain in the distance.

Netop Mountain in the background.

A closer look at Netop Miuntain

Netop Mountain
At the northern end of the ridge, I dropped down the western flank of the mountain to return to the car, crossing the single track trail at several points along the way.

A birdhouse in the parking area.

Netop Mountain on the left, Dorset Hill on the right (taken from Upper Hollow Road) 

These woods are quite open and the walking was easy.  Several woods roads made the walk even easier.  The views were mostly filtered through the bare trees, but it was a nice walk nonetheless.

Hike Stats:
Hike Distance:  6.8 miles
Hike Time:  4 hours
Total Vertical Gain:  2200'

The route

Mother Myrick Mountain (3361') Dorset, VT - 4/13/2019

I climbed this peak almost exactly one year ago (4/8/18 v. 4/13/19).  I didn't realize the 1st time that there was a plane wreck located near the summit.  It wasn't until I was on the summit ridge and saw a piece of the plane that someone had placed in a tree that I knew to look for it.  The snow was a little deeper last year, so I didn't drop off the summit ridge to look for it. 

I had wanted to come back last fall, but it didn't work out, so yesterday was the day for a return visit.  My wife Leesa came along with me.  It was a beautiful sunny day with temperatures approaching 70 degrees.

Gate at the trail head

To my surprise, no one was parked at the trailhead when we arrived.  There trail begins at the end of Nichols Hill Road in Dorset, and there is a parking lot there.

Parking lot at the trailhead

Although I call it a trailhead, there is no marked hiking trail.  Last time I followed the primary jeep road all the way to the summit .   It makes a large backwards "C" in following it to the summit.  Yesterday we followed an older logging road that climbed more directly up the flank to the ridge.  Once on the ridge we followed the same jeep trail as last year.

Snow on the ridge

The snow was pretty persistent once we were on the ridge.  Old snowmobile tracks were still frozen in the snow so we wore microspikes at that point.

Thank you.... Nature Conservancy.

There is one viewpoint that is located close to the true summit.  Someone had cut some trees on the slope to provide this view.

Rev is always 1st...

The view

The primary purpose of the return visit was to find the plane wreck.  I had not seen any pictures or information on the internet, other than a statement that it crashed near the summit on the NE slope.  We returned to the place where the piece of the plane was hung in the tree.  This was perhaps 0.1 miles SE of the true summit, but still on the ridge.  I dropped over the NE ridge and found some pink flagging that led a mere couple hundred yards to the plane.  I was in wet knee deep snow at this point. 

One part of the plane (5 pictures)

I'm told that the plane was a Piper Aztec 6 seat plane, but that only two persons were in the plane when it crashed.  Neither person survived.

2nd part of the plane (2 pictures)

I was glad that the plane was near the ridge, especially since there was deep wet snow on the slope.

We had our lunch up at the summit viewpoint, then came down following another old logging road.  This gave us a nice loop hike.  If you look at the route below, we went counterclockwise.

This area would be pretty in the fall.  I still aim to come back again someone and see the area in a different season.  If you go, bring a compass and GPS if you use one.  As I said, there is no marked trail and there are several old logging roads that can be confusing.

Hike Stats:
Hike Distance:  6.8 miles
Hike Time:  4 hours, including stops
Total Vertical Gain:  2200' 

The route