|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Mansfield (The Chin), VT|
||Route 108, Long Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 7, 2017|
|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. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No major crossings. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No major issues. |
||Wouldn't recommend bringing a dog here if conditions were brutally cold, like today. |
|Lost and Found:
||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!
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.