After deciding that I was done "Peak-bagging" and was going to take my time hiking, we went to Vermont and bagged two peaks. Camel's Hump on 9/11 and Mount Mansfield on the 12th.
I have to say, I can draw a lot of similarities between Mansfield and Mount Washington. There are ways of getting to the summit other than hiking. There is an Auto Toll Road, though it is really just a drive uphill through the woods. Nothing like the MW Auto Road with it's precipitous drops as those who have driven it are aware of. There is another way, too, though it is not as glamorous as The Cog. There are gondola rides like at Wildcat that bring you within a half mile of the summit, where there is a nice restaurant. Not sure how their chili is. At least anyone riding up this way still has to make a difficult 1/2 mile climb to the summit ridge and further to the high point on "The Chin". So, the result is there are many people on the summit that didn't climb to get there, and most are as unprepared to be there as the ones on MW.
Also, like MW, Mansfield has the largest alpine zone in the state, and they go to great lengths to protect it from careless hikers and their dogs, who are required to be leashed. Emma and Jude were not thrilled, but endured to placate me. Although it stands almost 1800' lower than MW, the rock formations and vegetation reminded me of the Rockpile. There was Bigelow Sedge and Diapensia, to name a few.
The views from here are fantastic, also. To the west lies Lake Champlain and further away the Adirondacks. Of course, we could see none of this on our climb, it was completely socked in. That's why they built an Auto Road, so we could go back the next day and check out what we missed on our climb.
Though it's no Mount Washington, it's still a pretty cool place, certainly worth the climb, as was Camel's Hump. The major difference between the two is that Mansfield has all of the aforementioned amenities, along with a ski area and a huge condo development in the valley, whereas Camel's Hump has none of the above, making it much more my type of place than Mansfield.
Trip reports and pictures here: