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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: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Winter parking, the Mountain road was a bit slushy 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Several Bridges 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Not bad 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: no 
Bugs
Bugs: no 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: It was snowing hard this morning when I started, by the time I got to Laura Cowles trailhead the snow stopped...about 2-3 inches of new snow. Going up LC seemed like I was gliding..I wore Tubbs Flex snowshoes with great crampons built into it. The trail had the new snow covering hard pack and occasionally hard ice. There were only 2 or 3 places going up that I held onto trees for stability because I couldnt get any grip with my crampons. There were alot of holes made from running water and past postholers...no problem it was fun walking on knife edge hard pack at times. The wind was brutal up top, visibility variable as clouds and snow squalls passed by. Sunset Ridge had dry exposed rockface, snow drifts and some ice not too bad though. Once off the ridgeline, the snow was fluffy and soft making it a fast and fun decent.  
Name
Name: Joe(withoutFlo) 
E-Mail
E-Mail: aloe@myfairpoint.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-09 
Link
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