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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mansfield (The Chin) (attempt), VT
Trails
Trails: CCC Road, Sunset Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, March 17, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Winter Parking - Mountain Road was plowed and sanded. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bridges. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Could repaint the blazes. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Frozen winter parka at register sign in. 
 
Comments
Comments: Started from winter parking area at 8:15 am. Followed some cross-country ski trails up the road until they veered right toward Teardrop. I broke trail from there, up the road, past the gate and to the trailheads. The snow started thigh-high and was fluffy, so the snowshoes just sunk and it was quite a workout. Made it to the ranger cabin, took a break, and continued trudging. Near the Sunsetridge trailhead a young man caught up with me and offered to break trail for awhile. We knew we wouldn't summit today, but wanted to get some views anyway. He led for a while. We then lost trail a couple times, and he called it quits when the snow started to get heavier. At times the snow was almost waist deep because of drifts. I forged on but by the time I got near the Cantilever Trail I lost trail, stepped in some pretty deep snow 'sink holes', started feeling sore and realized it had taken me almost 4 hours to get this far. The descent was easier following down the now cut trail. I was happy to see more snowshoers and skiers coming up the road; hopefully the trails will get some more use before the next time I come. It was a great hike nonetheless, bluebird skies and tons of snow.  
Name
Name: Joe (without Flo) 
E-Mail
E-Mail: aloe@myfairpoint.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-17 
Link
Link: http:// 
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