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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mansfield (The Chin), VT
Trails
Trails: Route 108, Long Trail, Profanity Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, November 20, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 108 stops being plowed just after the turn off for Stowe with plenty of options for parking and adding only a short jaunt on 108 (0.3?) until the LT junction.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: N/A 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: N/A 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I took the profanity trail on the way up to the summit and the LT on the way down from the summit (essentially doing a loop from Taft Lodge).

Profanity trail had snow up to my thighs at some points (wish I had brought snowshoes) but was all doable and had no scary icy sections. Definitely a safer option for summiting this peak in winter, and really not much longer than the LT.

The LT from the summit to Taft lodge had at least one section of pure icy rock face which would have been some fun rock scrambling in the summer, but was sheer terror for me going down it with only microspikes... particularly with a large cliff/drop towards which the ice was slanted... to each their own, but I would recommend more than microspikes if you choose this way.  
Name
Name: Ctrl+Z 
E-Mail
E-Mail: danielle4826@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-21 
Link
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