|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Ricker Mountain, Vista Peak, Woodward Mountain, Bone Mountain, VT|
||Ski trails, bushwhacks, Woodward Mountain Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, May 19, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at ski area. |
||Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Woodward trail is most likely more geared towards winter. Over-grown in places, but never bad. |
|Lost and Found:
||I began by taking ski trails and access roads to the top of the Wilderness chair lift at Bolton Valley. Once at the lift top, I used herd paths and bushwhacks to make my way towards Ricker. Eventually, I ended up on the Woodward trail, which put me at the towers on Ricker. From there, I made a short but thick bushwhack to a cliffy fales bump, and then the recognized highpoint.|
I returned to the Woodward trail and followed it to Vista Peak, with its rickety tower. The bottom latter is disconnected. I would have tried to climb, but it was too foggy for views. I continued to Woodward, launching a bushwhack from the highest on trail point. I checked out three bumps in thick woods, finding the third to be recognized. The recognized highpoint was hard to locate.
I made my way towards bone finding dramatic cliffs on the Bone side of the col. I followed the pass north, finding a spot to head up. On the bushwhack up, I discovered 'home plate' an interesting and relatively new woods cabin. From there, I bushwhacked in mainly open woods to the recognized highpoint.
I descended north to the drainage. I slabbed out of the drainage, soon finding a road to the ski area. I had a significant road walk to get back to the north end of the ski area however.
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.