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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Seneca Mountain - North Peak, Seneca Mountain - East Peak, Seneca Mountain - South Peak, VT
Trails
Trails: Unknown road/snowmobile trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: we drove lost nation road in east haven to its intersection with jack brook road where we turned right and drove to a gate where we parked. the roads is well maintained for winter, but had not been plowed since the recent snow. plenty of space to park at the gate without blocking anything.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: we crossed numerous small drainages most of which had snow bridging. larger brooks were crossed easily at this time and crossings along the troad have bridges.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: we started our hike on the far side of the gate immediately bearing right past a camp. we followed this road to a good jumping off point southeast of north seneca. the road had been travelled recenly by one snowmobile that turned off into the woods about less than a mile in. the unbroken road had ok travel with a couple layers of breakable snow. a few inches of new powder over a light crust and up to a few more inches of powder below that over a solid base. much of the same off trail with some deeper snow and the occasional spot where we would punch through to the bottom. we had nice woods up to the north peak. hardwoods transitioning to wide spaced conifers. the highpoint is recognized and may have a nearby view to the northeast on a clear day. we then headed south along the ridge staying low and to the east to slab around the next bump to the south. woods were amazingly open in general with numerous small drainages to poke around or through. we aimed towards the east ridge and made a short climb up onto the false bump west of east peak. mostly open conifer woods. we dropped down to the col with the east peak noting what looked like an old trail of some sort. at the col we hit a wall of spruce we skirted to the north and from there to the recognized east summit we were able to stay in nice open corridors/glades. the woods became notably tighter around the highpoint so other approaches to the peak might not be as friendly. we back tracked to the false bump to the west then headed to the south peak. on the flat plateau northeast of the peak we hit the thickest woods of the day with some scrappy spruce and one short spruce trap minefield, but it was short lived and we were soon in ridiculously open woods to the broad summit and recognized highpoint on the south peak. leaving the summit we dropped to the west where we got some views with willoughby gap in the foreground. woods were open down into the peaks western drainge and remained so as we followed the drainage back to our tracks along the road.  
Name
Name: bryan, zporterColdRiverCampCook 
E-Mail
E-Mail: bryancuddihee@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-26 
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