|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Breadloaf Mountain, Mt. Wilson, VT|
||Skyline Pond Trail, Long Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, November 11, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Gate on USFS 59 was still open. The gate is about 1.5 miles or so before the Skyline Pond parking lot.
It was the first day of deer hunting rifle season. Lots of hunters parked along USFS 59 in the AM. |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Easy rock hops across a couple of streams on Skyline Pond |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Skyline Pond Trail: Three new blowdowns (with ~1 foot diameter trunks) fell in the trail just before height of land on Skyline Pond Trail. Walk arounds forming in the woods.
Intersection of Skyline Pond and Long Trails: The tree with the Long Trail North sign fell down in the Halloween storm, and the Long Trail North sign is under the trunk, facing the ground. Blow down is a step over to get to LT North. (Blow down branches also obscure the sign for Skyline Pond Trail here.)
Long Trail: There are a handful of new blowdowns across LT between Skyline Pond and Breadloaf, another 3-4 on LT between Breadloaf and Emily Procter Shelter. Duck under, straddle, or walk around in the woods. LT from Shelter to Mt Wilson was clear.
Finally, there's a blowdown (recent? not sure) hiding the start of Breadloaf spur trail, where Long Trail makes the hairpin turn. |
|Lost and Found:
||Between the blow down and an inch of fresh snow covering the ground, we missed the turn from Skyline Pond to LT in the morning. The only other people we ran into all day- a couple coming out from Skyline Lodge- told us the turn was behind us. We doubled back to the intersection at height of land on Skyline Pond.|
There were sporadic patches of ice on the LT between Skyline Pond and Breadloaf, another 0.2 mile of slick, Microspike-worthy ice on lower Breadloaf Mtn/just above Emily Proctor Shelter.
Overall, a beautiful day in the woods.
~10.5m round trip
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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.