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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Greylock, MA
Trails
Trails: Thiel Road, Thunderbolt Trail, Appalachian Trail, Thunderbolt Trail, Bellows South Trail, Roost Trail, Short Cut Trail, Thiel Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Thiel Rd. was barricaded just after its start, so a road walk was necessary to reach the main trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No issues of note, but once you veer off the main Greylock trails onto secondary ones, they show signs of light use. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The steeps on Thunderbolt Trail were incredibly slick and slippery, so use caution if bringing a dog. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Quite the mixed bag of trail conditions today. Near the start, the trails were wet ground with slick leaves. Not long after, the first patches of snow appeared, and became more widespread until there was full (but shallow) snow cover. Lots of slush above 2,500' or so, which combined with wet rock and leaves, made for some interesting hiking. The portion of the AT I took was one big line of slush, so if your boots aren't waterproof and it's still like that, your feet might get quite wet. The summit proper had some patches of bare ground as well as 1 to 2' drifts. Despite the poor trail conditions, it never rained during the hike itself, and the summit wasn't socked in, which meant great views of the Berkshires, Taconics, and Catskills were had. Very wet but fun day!

NOTE: I would not recommend going up or down the Thunderbolt Trail at present without some form of light traction. Saw a couple groups without any traction who went up Thunderbolt, and I wonder how their descents went...
 
Name
Name: Spencer 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-10-29 
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