|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Knox Mountain - East Peak, Knox Mountain, Knox Mountain - Northwest Peak, Butterfield Mountain, VT|
||Snomobile trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 2, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||We parked on 302, in the snowmobile parking near the road into Groton State forest. The parking was snowcovered, but okay to get in and out with a small car. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow |
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|Lost and Found:
||We walked the road/snowmobile trail until just before it turned away from the knoxes and began an open-woods bushwhack towards the 2990 east peak. Snow was fairly firm with some soft spots, but a good base. Snowshoes were needed for the entire hike. The woods were open for the entire way up to the east peak, except up around the recognized highpoint.|
From the top, we worked our way west, encountering a very abrupt forest transition on the way. From the col, we took open woods up to the main peak of Knox, where we crossed tracks and encountered skiers near the recognized summit.
We used the skiers' tracks to make some headway towards the 2837 northwest peak. Soon we turned off and followed a visual towards the peak. The woods tightened up a bit, but were never bad. We passed a very small shelter, in addition to other remains of past use. We also noted a rough trail. The highpoint was not recognized as far as we could tell.
We returned in our tracks to the col and slabed towards the Knox/Butterfield Col. After dropping just below the col, we worked up diagonally, favoring the east, and avoiding any majorly steep going. The snow had become very sticky by this point. The woods were a bit tight, but not difficult, save for the fact that they were dripping with snowmelt. We hit the southeast ridge, finding great views and followed it to the recognized highpoint. We returned via the southeast ridge, finding great woods all the way down to the road.
||zporterColdRiverCampCook, bryan |
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.