|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Mansfield (The Nose) (attempt), VT|
||Ski trails, Toll Road|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, May 5, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Inn At The Mountain / Toll House parking lot off Vt 108, Stowe. |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||None seen. |
|Lost and Found:
||Began on the Toll Road until the Sunrise ski trail (moderate) to the Octagon (located at top of the FourRunner Quad Lift). There was virtually no snow on the service road, and not much road erosion this year. We wore microspikes for going up the ski trail but we could have bare-booted it. Very foggy. At the Octagon we layered up as it was very breezy. We walked the last bit on the Toll Road to the Visitor's Center without spikes. |
We descended via the Toll Road and went down - without spikes - the Sunrise ski trail all the way to the Lullaby ski trail (easy) and cut across onto Chapel Lane (easy). The Chapel Lane trail was without snow and very wet/muddy. Went down the Easy Mile, also without snow but less muddy and more grassy, until we reached Toll Rd again for the last stretch to the Toll House gate and parking lot.
Four hours round trip. Continuous light rain for the whole walk. Saw a couple new wildflowers since the last time we were here: one red trillium and lots of flowering hobblebush. This is a lovely hike/walk for the spring when hiking trails are closed for mud season. It is about 4.5 miles one way, from the mountain base to the Visitor Center on the Toll Road. We try not to get in the way of grooming vehicles and road workers. There is nice elevation gain and on clear days one has spectacular views of the ridgeline (the profile 'face' of Mount Mansfield), Stowe resort area and the Notch. Gorgeous.
||Flo and Joe |
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.