|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Ellen, VT|
||Jerusalem Trail, Long Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, March 3, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Small stream crossings, nothing hard |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few blowdowns to duck under/go around, nothing difficult |
|Lost and Found:
||Jerusalem trail was well marked, there are a couple of places where you'll have to duck under sap lines, but it's not difficult. A lot of ice on the first mile or so under a soft coat of powder, so spike would be nice, but once you get out of the sugarbush it transitions to deeper packed snow/ice. |
One tricky ice climb right before the LT intersection, was fine with aggressive snowshoes, but some might want crampons. The LT was significantly trickier to follow/not well blazed, especially once you hit the sugarbush ski area. Managed to lose the trail several times, found some cool snow caves, wandered around the ski trails for a minute before rediscovering the trail. Stay to the right as you get into the ski area, there are a lot of ski tracks that look like trails, I knew I was back on the trail when I found postholes again.
The only section you're actually on the ski trail is right at the top. The skiers seemed to be amused at someone popping out of the trees on snowshoes.
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.