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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mansfield (The Chin), VT
Trails
Trails: Laura Cowles Trail, Long Trail, Sunset Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We parked in the lower winter parking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: about 7 bridges 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: nice shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: no 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: About an inch of fresh snow at the base of Laura Cowles trail, increasing to a couple inches approaching top of the trail. Flo wore micro spikes, and I bare-booted most of the way up. Wet, sticky snow made easy steps into the steep parts of the trail. On ridge and on the the Summit (Chin) there were some deep snow drifts to work our way through, but mostly hard packed snowcover/rime ice. Visibility very good. Saw one snowboarder lower down from the Chin. Windy but warm gusts, azure sky. Sunset Ridge trail was rime ice, hard packed, some postholing in snow drifts. Again, very windy. Once off the ridge, lots of snow made a quick decent. An amazing day for a hike.  
Name
Name: Joe and Flo 
E-Mail
E-Mail: aloe@myfairpoint.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-01-11 
Link
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