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Peaks
Peaks Camel's Hump, VT
Trails
Trails: Burrows Trail, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plowed parking lot at the trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: One small stream. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Generally well-blazed. But, could do with some fresh blue blazes, particularly at the point where skiers go straight and left to Bald Hill and hikers must veer to the right into a ditch and up (there is no blue blaze for a while and it gets confusing - with all the ski tracks - where to follow the hiking trail). 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One very happy dog with two skier friends. 
Bugs
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Saw a pair of black socks on the ridge on side of trail. 
 
Comments
Comments: It had snowed the day before and rained into the following morning. Snow was wet, heavy and sticky. First mile of the trail was generally well-packed and with ski tracks. We saw two young skiers with a dog coming down the trail. At the place where ski tracks could be seen going off to the left (presumably towards Bald Hill), we went right and had to trail-blaze the rest of the way. Snow got deeper, but trail was easy to follow. Snowshoes were a good choice. It was a hard slog to the Hut Clearing. Harder still was the trek up the Long Trail north to the summit: We were snowshoeing at a 60-degree slant at times because the trail was covered with snowdrift. Flo attempted to hike a little off trail over top of a drift and sank waist-deep and had to use her trekking poles to heave herself out of hole and roll over top of a stunted tree, down the drift's flank and hike on. Low visibility on summit with some view, very windy at the geological marker and hard to keep balance on rock. Temps mild in the 30s. All around was like a moonscape and breathtakingly beautiful. Descending took a toll on the knees and feet. Nice to get to the Hut Clearing again. Fun descent on a now-groomed trail. Met a couple more skiers a while after we came off the ridge, and a young couple hiking up in microspikes - could see they were post-holing on the way, but at least they have a trail. Took us 4-and-a-bit hours round trip. Fabulous day, lovely hike.  
Name
Name: Flo and Joe 
E-Mail
E-Mail: aloe@myfairpoint.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-02-08 
Link
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