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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mansfield (The Chin), VT
Trails
Trails: Eagle's Cut Trail, Laura Cowles Trail, Long Trail, Sunset Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Mountain Road was fine to travel on despite previous days of some rain with slightly warmer temps. One could see some deep tire treads from the mud, yet our banger of a little motorcar made it up and down. Winter parking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bridged over. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Generally good. Couple of small blowdowns on Laura Cowles. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Lovely sunny day for the two dogs we saw. Really sweet, happy dogs. 
Bugs
Bugs: None seen. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None. 
 
Comments
Comments: Started just before 9 a.m. Nip in the air, low 30s with light wind. Road walk from winter parking to Eagle's Cut Trail and all the way to the trailhead was easy with hard-packed snow. Snow on Laura Cowles Trail was well-defined (a couple of false trails on the way) and hard-packed all the way to the top. Perfect for Microspikes. Steep areas were a bit of a workout but no problem with footing. From the top of LC, some icy spots going towards the Chin. The sun had come out very bright and warm with blue skies. Outstanding 360 views. Went down Sunset Ridge Trail. On the ridge was a combination of dry exposed rock, ice on rocks and rime/snow patches. Saw some hikers coming up the ridge. Again, great visibility with fabulous panoramic views. Lower down Sunset Ridge Trail there was more snow with signs of quite a bit of postholing. Once off the ridge the snow on trail was softer due to thawing from the sun and was more granular, even slippery at times. Moderate descent. Five hours round trip.  
Name
Name: Flo and Joe 
E-Mail
E-Mail: aloe@myfairpoint.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-30 
Link
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