|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Maple Hill, Little Pond Mountain - South Peak, Little Pond Mountain, Glastenbury Mountain - Southeast Peak, Glastenbury Mountain, VT|
||Long Trail, Little Pond spur trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, June 9, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty in the lots on either side of Route 9. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The William A. McArthur bridge just beyond the Glastenbury trailhead on Route 9 is officially closed for repairs. There are signs there and at places northward on the Long Trail that provides alternatives that appear 1-2 miles of additional walking. No issues otherwise. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The trails are in amazingly great shape. There is one awkward felled tree about a mile into Wilderness heading N that requires an under-over maneuver. |
||Only saw two: they stayed at the Goddard Shelter with their owners. |
||Non-existent in the morning with the coolish temps but in the afternoon the black flies came out in force. While moving it wasn't bad but they were a PITA in camp - tough to eat dinner with a bug net on your head. They disappeared when the sun did the same. |
|Lost and Found:
||Day one of an overnight trip...|
CCW Glastenbury loop. As mentioned the trails are in excellent shape with just very occasional minor mud - the nice semi-soft stuff that you actually might enjoy stepping into. For fun I visited Little Pond Mountain - or maybe it's Glastenbury South according to the register - via an easy, short and straightforward whack. The highlight on the east side of the loop was the visit to Little Pond - very beautiful and serene. The ten-ish miles to the summit were a pleasure to hike: all gradual grades and excellent, mostly soft footing. Goddard Shelter is in good shape but the area is littered with impacted campsites and fire rings. Same holds true for the short stretch of trail up to the summit tower - campsites everywhere. On the plus side I can't remember having water that was as clean and cold as the shelter spring's.
Not much in the way of views leading up to the tower but once atop the tower they were outstanding - and almost 'fake' looking at sunset. Lots of LT thrus spent the night in this area as well as a few weekenders like myself. If you don't need the 'wow' factor of continuous vistas this was a pretty nice walk in the woods.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.