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    Dorset Attempt from Dorset Hollow

    Buckette and I, after bagging Equinox yesterday and having a wonderful evening, dinner and breakfast at the Dorset Inn, headed off to do Dorset today. We didn't know her, but clearly we met Una Dogger as we were descending from Equinox; Buckette is the "fit senior woman" Una Dogger refers to!

    Initially it looked as if the trail had been broken out from the summer trailhead, as there were both ski and snowshoe tracks. Alas, most of the snowshoe tracks and all the ski tracks disappeared from the route after about 0.2 mile, and we were left with tracks made by someone with a huge stride, who had been over the trail several days ago, because there were 2-3 inches of new snow on top.

    Buckette wasn't up for breaking today, so it was up to me. Thanks to the good breakfast at the Dorset Inn, we didn't get on the trail until 9:20. Within a short time i was layered down to polypro and still warm. Although I had the old tracks ahead of me, it still was a LOT of work to shift the snow, and it was no longer the powder it had been.

    One hour later I had gone 0.6 mile by GPS, had gained all of 200 feet or so, and the snow was up to my knees in places. Buckette was doing a good job of packing the trail down behind me, but it was obvious the summit was not in our future, not today, not from the south.

    We headed out, and once back at the car, drove around through East Dorset to Rte 7a and Rte 7 to Danby, and then west on Colville Brook Rd to TH 30, where we found what had been, years ago, a snowmobile trail that Buckette had used in the winter.

    Now they are logging up there, and since we saw the log truck exit, and the gate was open, we drove the Forester up to the yard. That gained us 300' elevation, but there didn't seem to be a safe place to park up there, and we surmised that the gate at the bottom of the road would be locked on weekends.

    Still, that seemed like a possible way to summit, especially if snowmobiles are still using that route up toward the fire tower.

    I wonder if anybody has done Dorset that way recently?

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    I don't know about that route, but Frodo recently panned the route from Emerald Lake State Park.

    I'll be getting up there with Una_dogger at some point, and I'm sure we will greatly appreciate your help on the first .6 miles!
    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. - Edward Abbey

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    Dorset via the northern route

    Yes, Buckette did it via Emerald Lake SP some years ago, and doesn't recommend it either.

    As I mentioned in another thread on this forum, Mohamed Ellozy and Judy Dillman of the Boston chapter are leading a Stratton and Dorset hike this weekend. I gave ME a heads up about the Dorset Hollow route. Maybe they will have enough horsepower to break it out, after they do Stratton the day before.

    I did Stratton with Buckette on 1/31/07, before the recent snow, and it was pretty much a cakewalk along the LT from the Arlington-Stratton Rd. Now it may be easier to go up the ski slope.

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    dorset is a really remote seeming and interesting peak. i was up there solo last winter and there are some snowmobile trails really high up on that mountain that you cross.
    why are there people like Frank??

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    Quote Originally Posted by docross
    As I mentioned in another thread on this forum, Mohamed Ellozy and Judy Dillman of the Boston chapter are leading a Stratton and Dorset hike this weekend. I gave ME a heads up about the Dorset Hollow route. Maybe they will have enough horsepower to break it out, after they do Stratton the day before.

    I did Stratton with Buckette on 1/31/07, before the recent snow, and it was pretty much a cakewalk along the LT from the Arlington-Stratton Rd. Now it may be easier to go up the ski slope.
    A quick heads-up, trip reports to follow tomorrow.

    We finished breaking the trail from Dorset Hollow to the main summit today with a group of six. A very small group (maybe a solitary hiker) had almost made it to the col. Note that the snow is still very unconsolidated after our trip, snowshoes are essential.

    On Saturday we did Stratton from the Arlington-Stratton Road, no problems.

    Good driving to the trailheads both days; both were safe for any car.
    Last edited by Mohamed Ellozy; 02-26-2007 at 07:08 AM.

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    Good work getting both peaks, Mohamed!

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