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    I had started this hike a bit late about 10 AM. I initially was going to do an out and back from the parking lot area in St. Huberts. This would eventually change and I decided to hike it clockwise. Shortly after signing in the trail immediately starts the climb up eventually easing to a gradual climb through a mix of hard and soft woods. I kept seeing fresh deer tracks along the way, obviously pushing the deer as I gradually made my way up to a point around 2600 feet where she finally revealed herself. She was about 30 yards away, and I tried to make a video of her, but turned out very grainy.

    The climbing gets steeper at this point and along the way you start to see nice views of Giant mountain becoming more and more prominent. At one point I came out of the woods to an open ledge that was like an amphitheater seating to the Giant of the valley. From this point the trail led back into the woods which was made up of pine and cedar trees. This area was moderately steep, but easy climbing with a good base below my feet. There were areas with ice below the snow, but the ever changing temperatures before made for some nice traction. I had put on my snowshoes just after signing in, for no other reason than to take advantage of the televators, micro-spikes would have worked fine in lower elevations, but at around 2600 feet snowshoes were needed with 4-6 inches of powder. As I continues up I ran into a head-wall at about 2800 feet, which has some really cool looking ice-flow coming off of it. My pictures really did not do it justice. In another 100 feet of elevation I thought I had reached the partially open summit, only to realize I had a bit more hiking to do. With a quick down and up in elevation I was finally at the summit and the spectacular views of the Lower Great range, Dix and Hough mountains, along with Giant and Noonmark mountain.

    After about a half hour on the summit I dropped down to the Dix trail making my way back to the dirt road that leads to the Ausable Inn road, eventually signing out at the Round Mountain register.

    I did not see another soul all day which was quite surprising. I had expected at the least to meet traffic coming up to Round from the Dix trail. I guess it is true, Round mountain sees very little traffic.

    I did this hike clockwise from St Hubert's parking area.

    Two areas of blow-down.

    Elevation: 3100 ft
    Ascent: 1820 ft
    Distance: 4.9 miles
    Last edited by NumNum; 01-07-2019, 05:50 PM.
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  • #2
    Love Round, IMHO too many people climb the wrong side and never reach the summit
    "Climbing is about freedom. There's no prize money; there are no gold medals. The mountains are all about going there to do what you want to do. That's why I'll never tell anyone else how to climb. All I can say is, This is how I prefer to do it."
    Ed Viesturs


    • #3
      Round is great! It's an under-sung mountain with numerous resources, including hiking from all directions, great views, lots of open areas, and rock and ice climbing. It's also very quiet, as you saw. Everyone is next door climbing Noonmark because it's pointy. (Noonmark is great too, don't get me wrong. But its popularity leaves Round as a playground for the rest of us.)


      • #4
        My wife and I climbed Round for the second time on October 26th. We were so impressed with this obscure peak the first time we went there, we decided to take my buddy from high school and his wife along for this trip. I had not seen him in 50 years and we re-connected through the 50th HS reunion! Ours was a beautiful FALL day with spectacular sun & sky, however we did run into ice on that last uphill stretch and the summit was 6" deep in white. Giant Mt. had much more snow from our Round perspective! We really like this "shy" peak and recommend it to those who want a high peak "like"experience with half the effort.