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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mount Hunger, White Rock, VT
Trails
Trails: Middlesex Trail, Skyline Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: None. Parking area and Bear Swamp Road are in fine shape.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problematic water crossings.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: None. These trails are in outstanding condition.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The final pitches to Mount Hunger may be a little steep for some dogs. My dog had no problem with it. I think the real concern would be descending these slabs, as their are veins of quartz running through them. Sharp on those pads.  
Bugs
Bugs: Black flies and mosquitoes below 3000'. Not too bad though.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There was a thermarest in a stuff sack sitting on the trail down from White Rock maybe 400' below the junction with the skyline trail. Clearly, it hasn't been there long. It wasn't wet from the recent rains.  
 
Comments
Comments: Overall a great hike. Fun to make a loop between Hunger and White Rock. I would suggest ascending Hunger, taking the Skyline Trail, and then descending White Rock if you have knee issues like me or if you are concerned about your dogs pads - steep up, mellow down.

Surprisingly, this hike was not crowded, even for a sunny Sunday in July. We ran into maybe 12 other people and there were 10 cars parked on the Montpelier side.

There is some serious mud on the Skyline Trail. It was knee deep at a few points. My dog was in up to her ears in it. The rest of it was fine. The problem areas were maybe 10' in length, and there were three of them. The rest of the trail was just wet. A beautiful stretch of trail up there though...like an enchanted forest or something.

The trails down low, including the approach road, are dry.

Wear long pants. The road and lower trails had plenty of brush.

The trail maintenance being performed on White Rock is wonderful. I think that it will do a lot to cut down on erosion and improve footing.  
Name
Name: TK421 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-07-17 
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