Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Lincoln Peak, Mt. Abraham, VT
Trails: Ski trails, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 28, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Sugarbush (south). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Quite a few blowdowns and deadfall on the Long Trail between peaks, especially on Little Abe. I removed what I could by hand. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Ascended the ski trails late afternoon (ski area was closed today, but will be open Saturday, Sunday, and possibly Monday). Found continuous snow almost all the way to the top of the Super Bravo quad (Spring Fling > Snowball > Valley House Traverse), then patchy snow up Jester (enough to continue to warrant the snowshoes, but an increasing number of 100 foot bare sections). In another week's time, I suspect one will be able to take the work road access on mostly bare ground, as the bulk of the trails closed to skiing now are bare.

Less snow than I would have expected on the Long Trail (technically closed for mud season, but I rolled the dice on this high elevation section still being winter like instead of muddy). The sun exposed sections were bare and dry, but other sections had either unstable monorail or else full spring snow cover upwards of 3 feet deep. Basically, the descent off Lincoln Peak was bare, part of the descent off Little Abe was bare, the summit of Abraham was bare, and the balance was mostly snow. Even though I had to take them off multiple times due to the bare sections, snowshoes were a must, as the snowpack was nowhere nearly firm enough to warrant barebooting (and the postholing after one or two steps was extremely taxing).

Lower half of Mt. Ellen ski trails are mostly bare.

Nice sunset colors from Abraham and Lincoln Peak.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-04-29 
Bookmark and Share 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.

Copyright 2009-2018, All Rights Reserved