Church approach

Sugarbush

A sidestep/bootpack to Bear Claw and The Church

Freeride Skiing Moderate

Distance
395 m
Ascent
23 m
Descent
0 m
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
1.2 km
Gradient
14˚
Church approach Map

This approach route ascends the ridge beyond Paradise via the Long Trail (North). This backpacking trail traverses the length of Vermont, crossing many peaks, including Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen. From where the trail leaves Paradise, it ascends the ridge as a sidestep. After about 5 minutes of sidestepping, the ridge gets steeper an becomes a bootpack. Bear Claw branches to skiers right here. If you are looking to drop The Church, take off your skis and continue hiking to a summit knob. You can put your skis on now and traverse to an opening in the woods, this is The Church.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Trees
  • Walk Required

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