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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mansfield (The Chin) (attempt), VT
Trails
Trails: Access road, Eagles Cut Trail, Laura Cowles Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Winter parking 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: bridges 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: nice condition 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Very cold start -6 but blue sky. Road walk to the the gate was packed snow on ice. Eagles cut trail has been well traveled with packed snow. Laura Cowles had some new snow covering. Laura was easily discernible and it looked as if some one bare booted up yesterday (or so)and left lots of deep postholes. The foot prints disappeared and snow drifts were common, averaging 2-3 feet at times. Nearer the top of Laura the spruce branches were weighted down by snow/ice and we had to crawl on our knees through tunnels of these branches. The final scramble up the exposed ridge line of Mansfield showed how protected from the wind we had been. The wind was brutally cold and when we reached the Sunset/Laura Junction we decided we had gone high enough today and were happy to descend Laura Cowles out of the wind once again. The trail is perfect for snowshoes.  
Name
Name: Joe and Flo 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-27 
Link
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