|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Abraham, VT|
||Battell Trail, Long Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, April 18, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Nice quiet parking area. Only one car in the lot when I left at 1:00.
Warren Mountain Road is a mess right now. The road has deep gullies and it was difficult to keep from bottoming out even with my Xterra. Rather than get stuck, I turned around, found an alternate route and came in from Quaker St. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||There were a number of easy 'walk over' crossings. Watch for 'snowbridges'! Lots of water running under the snow! |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few blowdowns on the trail, one walk under and three walk arounds. None will give you much trouble. The trail is well marked the entire way. |
||I didn't see any dogs (or people) on the trail today. The last 1/4 mile is steep with a few minor scrambles, but most dogs shouldn't have too much of a problem. |
|Lost and Found:
||There was mud and running water on the trail but strategically placed rocks make it relatively easy to avoid. No snow or ice until 2700 ft. Above 3000 ft. there are sections where the snow is still 3 to 4 feet deep. Today the temps were cold so I didn't posthole. However, there were numerous 'thigh deep' postholes from hikers on previous warmer days. In a week or two, this trail will be a postholing nightmare. |
As mentioned above, the last 1/4 mile is steep with a few minor scrambles. I read the Battell trail is "a steeper and more challenging climb up to the summit of Mt. Abraham". I thought is was a moderate, gradual ascent.
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.