|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Blue Ridge Mountain, Blue Ridge Mountain - North Peak, VT|
||Canty Trail, bushwhack |
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 16, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking is road-side on Old Turnpike road. I did not note any mud season restrictions posted. |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The one significant one required a fairly easy submerged rock-hop |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||The Canty trail is a mixed bag: some sections are bone dry; long sections of running water; packed snow and blue ice; soft deepish snow. I barebooted to the falls and switched to light traction given due to persistent blue ice. Where the trail turns west towards the top, I chose to switch to snowshoes due to soft spring snow. |
From the summit, I began to follow the ridge towards the north peak. The bumps just north of the main peak had some thick woods, however things were mainly open beyond that. Even with several transitions in and out of snowshoes, I faced bareboot deep postholing and bare-turf 'snow'shoeing at various times. I walked along each bump until reaching the recognized high point. For the return trip I skirted to the east of the main peak, aiming for the Canty trail. This was a good call as it resulted in better woods, more continuity in snow, and less elevation change. I hit the Canty trail near where it turns west and headed down.
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.