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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mansfield (The Chin), VT
Trails
Trails: Route 108, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Winter parking is at the plowed lot near the gate to the unplowed portion of VT 108. Room for several cars. From the winter lot, the Long Trail is about 0.3 mi away, one way. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No major crossings. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No major issues. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Wouldn't recommend bringing a dog here if conditions were brutally cold, like today. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Wore snowshoes the whole hike. Down low, the trail was reasonably packed, with some ski tracks criss-crossing it at times. After about a mile or so, the trail became a lot less consolidated and, at times, had some serious post holing going on. Above treeline, we had trouble finding the route of the LT, so we beelined straight up the mountainside. If you follow the route we took up the summit cone, crampons and/or an ice axe may be helpful. I used the latter, and it made the ascent of the cone a LOT easier. The summit snow was mostly frozen granular, which meant not much of a wet butt when sitting down. Glissaded down the summit cone and about half of the LT.

Brutally cold but fun day to tackle VT's highest mountain in winter. Nice views from the top, lots of snow, and the glissading going down was really fun! Great day on VT's finest.

Thanks to Chad P. and Eric for a fun hike!  
Name
Name: Spencer 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-01-07 
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