Section 10: Healdville/Buttermilk Falls to Patch Brook Rd/Ninevah Four Corners
DEC 2015: There has been a timber harvest slightly north of the powerline that bisects this section. The trail has been cleared of debris and blazed since the harvest, but please use care as you pass through as there are new open areas in the forest and new skid roads that could be disorienting.
This tour entirely a backcountry trail between Buttermilk Falls and Patch Brook Road. A steep, switch-backing ascent heading north from old Route 103 west of Buttermilk Falls turns to more rolling terrain through mixed hard and soft wood forests, much of it on old logging roads. The trail crosses a powerline (great for southbound turns in the right conditions), skirts beautiful Tiny Pond, and then contours around Tiny Mountain en route to Patch Brook Road.
Note: The connection between Healdville Station and Buttermilk Falls is currently a road walk along Station Road and Route 103. The CTA is scouting for an alternative to this roadwalk for through skiers. If you do not feel compelled to ski/walk every inch of the Trail, we recommend avoiding this walk and simply skiing between Buttermilk Falls and Patch Brook Road.
7.8 miles (5.8 miles from Buttermilk Falls to Ninevah/Patchbrook Road)
This section is intermediate with a few difficult sections. Just north of old Route 103 there are a few steep slopes and sharp turns. Under icy or thin snow conditions, these steep sections require climbing skins or advanced descent skills. Otherwise the terrain is rolling. Northbound travel is recommended for those who prefer steep ascents to steep descents.
Catamount Trail Section 10 – Map & Elevation Profile (.pdf ~781k)
Catamount Trail Section 10 – Written Description (.pdf ~148k)
Shuttle Directions Section 10
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The Ninevah Foundation conserves for public benefit more than 3000 acres around Lake Ninevah and Saltash Mountain in Mount Holly and Plymouth, Vermont. Section 10 of the Catamount Trail crosses Ninevah lands.
Forest Echo Farm
Forest Echo Farm is a community, with a unique history amidst 400 acres of Vermont wilderness. FEF is dedicated to preserving its land, maintaining a balance between its human presence and the natural character of each tree and mountain stream. Section 10 of the Catamount Trail crosses Forest Echo Farm lands.
Local Business Sponsors:
Scamper Inn, 1935 Lake Ninevah Rd., Mount Holly, VT 05758
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Trail Conditions & Updates – #CTsection10
With 300 miles of trail to keep track of it can be hard to know exactly what to expect on a specific section of trail, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. Using Twitter we are hoping to help skiers out on the trail communicate their experience to skiers at home using specific hashtags for trail updates. The format is #CTsection(#). When planning an adventure you can view current updates by visiting the specific section page on the Catamount Trail website, or by searching twitter for the appropriate section you hope to ski. Below are updates for Catamount Trail Section 10… #CTsection10.