|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Colt State Park, RI|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 6, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The park personnel do a great job of snowplowing in the winter. The two southwesternmost parking lots are cable gated closed during the winter, but the plowing crew leave 2-4 spots plowed out just in front of the cable gates. Elsewhere in the park, you can park at the north end near the small rotary, in the boat launch lot, in the lot near the old bridge over the inlet, in the fishing pier lots, at some of the west side lots overlooking the Bay, and miscellaneous other spots along the way. I parked in front of one of the cable gates for easy access to the trails in the wooded section of the park's south end. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder |
||Snowshoes, Skis |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||There were a couple of blowdowns (step-overs) and some prickly weeds growing near the sides of the trail. |
||Have fun romping! |
|Lost and Found:
||The wooded section of the park isn't enormous, but it has enough trails to be fun for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter, and walks in other seasons.|
Rhode Island received an average of 13 inches of snow from the bomb cyclone, with Bristol getting close to the average dousing. The car thermometer said it was 10 degrees outside, plus wind chill. I opted for snowshoeing over skiing. There were tracks from a skier, barebooter(s), and animals- dog(s), rabbits, squirrels, deer, and maybe a coyote. No one, even the barebooter(s), messed with the ski track, but that is likely to change soon. It's hard to begrudge the barebooters for trashing the ski tracks down here because we don't get enough snow usually for it to be worth it for most people to buy snowshoes or skis, and there aren't that many people who know how those things work. I got some practice using my minimally broken in goggles and face protection.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.