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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks General Stark Mountain, VT
Trails
Trails: Stark Mountain Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 3, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Trailhead is at Mad River Glen ski area on Rte 17. Parking is in large lot across Rte 17 from the base lodge. Trail follows the work road which begins to the right of the base station and the single chair. No signs at the bottom but road it is obvious. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None of note 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: An easy one for the canines. Plenty of spots for sips on this day. Met 10 on the trail. 
Bugs
Bugs: Out and biting at the top, bug spray was needed to keep them away. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Map of trails is available on the Mad River Glen ski area web site. A nice and easy hike that follows the work road up to the top, winding back and forth across the ski slopes with easy grades though a little steeper for the last .9 miles. Five miles round trip and 2000 feet elevation gain. Great views from a number of the ski slopes and from the Stark's nest up top. There is also a great waterfall about 1/4 mile from the start. You can combine the Stark Mountain trail with the Sunnyside trail and long trail to make a nice loop up top (junction is 1.4 miles up and signed).

The original plan was to take the long trail over to Mt Ellen 1.8 miles away but it was nothing but serious mud after the monsoonal rains from a few days earlier.  
Name
Name: Brian From Maine 
E-Mail
E-Mail: brobert1@maine.rr.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-07-06 
Link
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