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Trip Log


Mt. Pisgah
Westmore, VT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the North Trail
Looking down the North Trail

Route: North Trail

With a very cold, windy day forecasted for the higher summits, I decided to stay in the lower elevations. Starting on Route 5A, I headed up the unbroken North Trail, breaking out 6" of powder (with some knee deep areas up high). While the trail was generally gradual, there was a short, somewhat steep part prior to reaching the first set of viewpoints.

The western viewpoints provided superb vistas of Willoughby Gap from the top of some cliffs.

Continuing over a few false bumps, I eventually reached what I believed to be the highpoint (a few feet to the west of the trail), then continued a few dozen feet to what would have been a superb southeastern viewpoint (due to incoming snow flurries, only Burke was visible).

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Pisgah
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,210'
Destination: Mt. Pisgah
Time Elapsed: 01:45
Trailhead Elevation: 1,210'
Summit Elevation: 2,751'
Distance: 2.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,591
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:04
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,691'

The North Trail trailhead off Route 5A
The North Trail trailhead off Route 5A

Looking at Lake Willoughby from one of the western vistas near the summit of Mt. Pisgah - Click to enlarge
Looking at Lake Willoughby from one of the western vistas near the summit of Mt. Pisgah

Topographic map of Mt. Pisgah

Directions to trailhead: Take Interstate 91 North to Exit 23. Take US 5 North to West Burke, then take a right onto Route 5A. Shortly after passing the cliffs of Mt. Pisgah on the right (Lake Willoughby on the left), the North Trail trailhead and roadside parking area will be on the right, prior to Old Route 5A.

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