I apologize if this post is out of place as Mount Mansfield is not part of the white mountains (although it probably is white at the top ), but I believe that I once saw a post here relating to it.
I am planning on going to Stowe, VT tomorrow with some family, and they are planning on taking the gondola to the top. I was thinking of seizing to opportunity to hike it with a couple others while we were there, pending weather conditions.
I have heard that is takes about 2.5-3 hours to make it to the summit in the winter, does this seem correct? Which trails would you recommend?
The main issue will be time. We probably will not arrive there until about 11. I know that this is pushing it since this is when I got to the trail head of Mount Cardigan last week, and I barely made it back down by dusk. If I don't think I can make it, I would think that I could just take the gondola back down with my family. Are there connecting trails that make this possible? And if so, are there any other options that you would recommend with my shortened day, such as hiking from only the gondola to the summit, etc.
During this time of the year what can I expect above tree line? Will it be similar to Mount Cardigan? I am assuming that I will need to use my crampons and ice axe.
Thanks in advance!