|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Mayo, Bolton Mountain, Mt. Clark, VT|
||Lake Mansfield Trail, Long Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, September 12, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||good parking for lake Mansfield trail at the lake Mansfield trout club. hiker parking well signed and the areas they don't want you going are signed even better. spill over and winter parking located about .25 back down nebraska valley road. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||unbridged small brook crossings all minor today. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||lake Mansfield trail a mix of dry trail, minor mud and wet trail/rock. once on the long trail things became more rugged, wet, muddy and slippery. the traverse below clark was especially rough then relatively smooth to mayo the highpoint of which is a stones throw from the trail. more wet trail and muddy sags heading to Bolton passing the scenic puffer shelter enroute. great views to Mansfield and the smugglers notch area peaks. more good views before reaching the summit of Bolton where there is a summit sign at the ledgy high bump.|
on the return when I was roughly southwest of the summit of clark (2600) and before the trail started wrapping around its steep east slope I set off on a bushwhack to the summit. woods were decent enough all the way though fairly steep. I had to dodge a couple cliffs on the way up and lucked on a nice ledge view back to Bolton before grades eased up to the recognized highpoint. there is a great view at the summit to nearby dewey and to Mansfield. descending I stayed farther west down to the saddle south of the peak then made a hard turn east back to the trail. still steep, but no cliffs and better footing. from there it was a nice hike back down to the trailhead.
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