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Peaks
Peaks Braintree Mountain, Braintree Mountain - Middle Peak, VT
Trails
Trails: Bushwhack, unknown trail, unknown road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I drove Quarry Hill Road to Townline road in Rochester, VT. I parked just north of the Rochester/Granville townline near a plow-turnout (turnout had no parking sign, but this section had one of the few okay shoulders, so I was able to pull off near the turnout. The road is muddy and soft in places. There is some posted land, but seemed to be places to nudge in.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trail along the ridge is in great shape and easy to follow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I made my way up in woods that were tight at first, but opened up eventually. The ground was bare and fairly dry all the way to the ridge. The lower slopes had a fair amount of hardwood regrowth. The upper slopes were very steep and had some spruce near the top. At the summit I was met with a nice view and a picnic table. There is a trail along the ridge, which seems to originate from the east and/or Braintree Gap. I began to follow the trail south, towards the 2825 peak (Brain Tree Middle). I had to transition in and out of snowshoes a number of times due to soft snow. I found the trail to go over all bumps on the way to the recognized highpoint on the middle peak. To return, I bushwhacked back down from the col just below the middle peak.

I still do not know where the ridge trail starts.  
Name
Name: zporterColdRiverCampCook 
E-Mail
E-Mail: zap88@tds.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-04-16 
Link
Link: http:// 
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