13 , 1983 Saturday (532.7 mtg) From
Gonzo!s Appalachian Trail journal
the night the bad weather cleared out, and we awoke to a mostly
cloudless sky. Perfect for my ascent of Bromley Mountain this morning.
Within two miles I was at the summit where the summit station of
the Big Bromley Chair Lift was located, along with an observation
tower with splendid views in all directions - now that the weather
had cleared. These were some of the best views I had encountered
in a long time.
Continuing on, I passed Mad Tom Shelter and then soon after - Mad
Tom Notch. The term "notch" is used in the northern three
states rather than "gap." Usually the term "Notch"
refers to something more deep and severe than some of the "Gaps"
of the south. The 1000 foot climb up Styles Peak from the low point
in the gap was difficult, but provided equally good views, as did
Peru Peak. What a glorious day to be hiking! Although there were
many views today, the best views came at Bromley Mountain, and Baker
After Baker Peak, I descended gradually for four miles to the Danby-Landgrove
Road and then began the very gradual ascent to Little Rock Pond.
Along the way I passed the Lula Tye Shelter, and Little Rock Pond
Shelter. A nice level section for a mile then turned into a steeper
ascent up an area known as White Rocks Mountain. Along the descent
from the highest point on White Rocks Mountain I took the short
side trail to White Rocks Cliffs for the view over the valley where
Otter Creek lay, and US Highway 7 paralleled. The town of Wallingford
could be seen as well. The view reminded me of the Bob Newhart
show about the Inn located in Vermont somewhere. The day could
not have been any better. I was glad I had chosen to spend the extra
day at Bromley Camp during yesterday's nasty weather. That was something
unusual for me, I usually hike no matter what. More downhill off
of White Rock Mountain led down to Vermont 140, and then up the
opposite side of the highway ascending the side of Button Hill.
Descending for another mile bought me to Minerva Hinchey Shelter,
formerly Sunnyside Camp, where I ended the day after 28 miles of
beautiful hiking. At the shelter I met Richard
Kozon from New York City.
Appalachian Trail Journals ©1983