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Peaks
Peaks Blue Ridge Mountain, Blue Ridge Mountain - North Peak, VT
Trails
Trails: Canty Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking is road-side on Old Turnpike road. I did not note any mud season restrictions posted.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: 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 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The one significant one required a fairly easy submerged rock-hop 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: 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.  
Name
Name: zporterColdRiverCampCook 
E-Mail
E-Mail: zap88@tds.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-04-16 
Link
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