|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Jay Peak, VT|
||Long Trail, Vermonter ski trail, herd path|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, May 28, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at 242/LT trailhead at 9:30 pm. Still some spots open in the afternoon on return. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Minimial, within the first half mile. Not a lot of running water on this stretch of LT, and the TramHouse is closed for the season, so bring plenty of fluids. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Evidence of significant recent trail work seen. Mostly in good condition. Thanks GMC volunteers and crew, though in one place, on the steep ledges near the Vermonter junction, I had to set aside a 4' spruce branch trimming which concealed what for me was the best route up a 3.5 foot pitch - left side of ledge just before left turn. |
||Tons of happy and active dogs out. We met about 20.. |
||No-see-ums and other nasties swirling. Spray helped a bit, but they were persistent. Annoying, but not overwhelming. |
|Lost and Found:
||Views were outstanding on this gorgeous day, ranging from Presidentials, Lafayette, Garfield, the Twins and Moosilauke southeast to Whiteface southwestward in New York. Great views down the spine of the Greens past Mansfield and Camels Hump to Breadloaf. Minimal winds at summit mid-day. |
LT was in good shape to the Col and up from there for a bit. At about 3200, we started to run into lingering mud conditions, a few patches requiring careful dance moves to get around and not all avoidable. The ledgy 1/3 mile or so leading up to the Vermonter ski trail was wet and often slick though negotiable with care. Once to Vermonter at 3700', we opted for ski trail and staircase to summit.
After lingering in summit area, we descended by Vermonter and Valhalla ski trails to col, then took short herd path (which used to be part of LT, per old maps) back to LT and descended to trailhead from there. There were some significant remaining snow patches on ski trail in shade around 3300', will be gone soon, one stretch of ski trail near the biggest, lowest patch where mushy mud could not be avoided. Lots of hikers of all kinds - adult, child, canine - out on trail.
||Chris Stratton |
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.