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Dorset Peak
Dorset, VT, Danby, VT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The path near the summit of Dorset Peak
The path near the summit of Dorset Peak

Route: Jeep road, herd path, (Dorset Peak), herd path, (Dorset Peak South Peak), herd path, Jeep road

Since my previous visit, Hurricane Irene had washed out the Jeep Road prior to the cabin, turning it into a brookbed. Beyond the cabin, it was in better shape.

Reaching an obvious height of land, the Jeep road reached a T intersection. Left went downhill, while right went uphill. Heading right and thus uphill, the grades were much more gradual. We avoided taking any of the right hand turns thereafter (two prominent right turns head up toward the fire tower and a col), and eventually found ourselves at another height of land. At this point, the quasi-road bed took a left turn uphill, whilst a footpath went right. We took the footpath to the right and soon found ourselves at the highpoint of Dorset Peak, marked with a backwards sign and cannister. No views.

Continuing southwest, we soon arrived at a junction marked with an old trail sign. I went straight through it, heading to what the sign said was Dorset Peak (contrary to the USGS topo maps).

A few minutes after passing the old trail sign, we arrived at another trail junction, marked with the famous doorknob tree on the right. I took a right, then an immediate left, noticably going uphill on a snowmobile trail up to the old fire tower. There was a slight directional view through a trail clearing from next to the fire tower, as well as a possibility to climb a tree for more views.

From the tower, we took what would have been a sharp right turn, dropping steeply down a straight (at first) trail. A few minutes later, we hit a Jeep or logging road and took a left to continue downhill. Awhile later, we reached the original Jeep road we had ascended. From there, I continued down to the lower height of land, took the left, and descended back to our vehicles.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Dorset Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,460'
Destination: Dorset Peak
Time Elapsed: 02:03
Trailhead Elevation: 1,460'
Summit Elevation: 3,770'
Vertical Gain: 2,330'
Hike Time Elapsed: 4:08
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,465'

The beginning of the Jeep road
The beginning of the Jeep road

Slight views from near the old fire tower - Click to enlarge
Slight views from near the old fire tower

Topographic map of Dorset Peak

Directions to trailhead: From Manchester, take Route 30 north to Dorset. Take a right onto Dorset Hollow Road. Bear left onto Upper Hollow Road. Lower Hollow Road will eventually rejoin Upper Hollow Road, the sum of the two becoming "Tower Road." Continue on Tower Road, bearing left at a junction onto a Jeep road. Shortly thereafter, there is room to park on the right. As of summer 2013, it will take a vehicle with significant clearance to proceed up further up the road.

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