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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Ellen, VT
Trails
Trails: Jerusalem Trail, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Limited parking on a wide shoulder. No trouble finding the trail head. Only one other car there.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only minor water crossings. No problems 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: On the Long Trail between the Jerusalem Trail and the summit of Ellen there are several large blow downs. All can be negotiated crawling under of over. Aside from the blow downs the trails are in good condition. In spite of the warnings I had no trouble finding where the trail goes in and out of the woods at the ski trail. On the Jerusalem Trail just before the junction with the Long Trail there is a very steep but short ice flow which has to be bushwacked around unless you have crampons.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw none. Would be no trouble for a dog. 
Bugs
Bugs: Not this time of year 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: One black glove I left at the Kiosk and I lost a grey glove somewhere. 
 
Comments
Comments: The Jerusalem Trail is a modest but relentless climb. The Long trail segment is rough but what is to be expected. I saw no one else though there were two sets of footprints coming and going on the Jerusalem Trail. It was quite beautiful high up. evidently it had snowed an inch or two the night before so there was fresh snow on the trees and ground. No views though that day. the clouds never cleared at high elevation. I bare booted all the way to the summit, but was glad to have the microspikes coming back down until the snow was no longer there lower down. The maple sap gathering network is fascinating.  
Name
Name: David Priester 
E-Mail
E-Mail: dpriester@ithaca.edu 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-17 
Link
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