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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mansfield (The Chin), VT
Trails
Trails: CCC Road, Eagles Cut Trail, Laura Cowles Trail, Long Trail, Sunset Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Winter Parking on Mountain Road. Underhill  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: bridges 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: one blow down somewhere between Cantilever Junction and the first scramble onto Sunset Ridge. There is a makeshift trail detour around it.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The CCC Road, Eagles Cut, and Laura Cowles all had packed snow surface from heavy use, with about an inch or so of new powder. Towards the top of Laura, there were occasional streams flowing down the path and small gullys where the washouts happened. There was lots of ice but plenty of places to walk on hard snow. I had to kick my toe crampons in hard ice a few times to step forward/up. Overall I was pleasantly surprised how good the traction was and felt sure footed the whole time going up Laura. I used my Tubbs VRT's, though crampons would of been good too. Towards/on the summit it was really windy, visibility wasn't so good, though the hiking surface was hard packed and easy to move one. Finding the trail from Laura Junction to the West Chin was easy walking in hard drifts with a couple fun slides down steeper areas. Sunset Ridge had alot of exposed rock, snow, and soft ice...I had no problems going down. Great hike and it didn't seem the rain earlier the week did much damage up in the higher elevations.  
Name
Name: Joe (without Flo) 
E-Mail
E-Mail: aloe@myfairpoint.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-01-24 
Link
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