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Peaks Ludlow Mountain, VT
Trails
Trails: Healdville Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Small trailhead parking area off Station Road in Mt. Holly. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Two large blowdowns. One about halfway up is partially in the trail and can be easily walked by. Another shortly below the summit is completely blocking the trail and has a herd path around it. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure. 
Bugs
Bugs: Nope. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
 
Comments
Comments: A very easy 3K fire tower peak. Grades are gentle (plenty of switchbacks) with good footing the entire way. I'm loving these VT trails, they are very knee-friendly!

The lower half of the trail was dry ground in the morning, and a little damp in the afternoon as temps rose. Thin, crusty snow and stretches of ice start about halfway up, increasing to about a half inch of snow at the summit. We barebooted up but wore spikes for about a third of the way down to avoid any missteps. Fantastic panoramic views in all directions from the high fire tower. The steps to the tower are snowy but not icy. Cool temps but not cold, and virtually no wind at all.

Another great day in Vermont!  
Name
Name: KenM 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kmacgray@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-02 
Link
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