|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Cutts Peak, Mt. Ellen, Nancy Hanks Peak, Lincoln Peak, Mt. Abraham, VT|
||Ski trails, Long Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, June 17, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at the southern Sugarbush ski area. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One large blowdown just south of Nancy Hanks Peak (well established herd path going around it now). Over a dozen blowdowns between Lincoln Peak and Little Abe; we cut out 6 of them, but it's still a bit of a jungle gym. |
||No water for most of the day via this route. |
||Black flies were vexing in some places and non existent in others. A couple of deer flies between maybe 2,500 and 3,700 feet in elevation. |
|Lost and Found:
||Trails were mostly dry.|
We ascended the work road that starts at the Super Bravo chairlift, bearing right to go by the base of the Castlerock chairlift. Take caution not too far above there to bear left on a much less prominent work road (more like two gravel tire tracks), as the main road otherwise turns and heads in the wrong direction. This isn't a super wide ski trail ascent, so there are breaks of shade and nice views. Decent variety of wildflowers in bloom, such as bunch berry, blue bead, violet, and cow vetch.
From the top of the Castlerock lift, we headed north on the Long Trail, over Cutts Peak and to Mt. Ellen, then retracing our steps. The trail was mostly dry with just one area of mud (step stones help).
Long Trail from Castlerock to Lincoln Peak was dry, as was the walk over Little Abe to Mt. Abraham. Prior to reaching Abraham, we saw just over half a dozen hikers total (nice departure from the busy 4K trails in NH). We cut out some of the blowdown jungle gym on Little Abe on the way back, then descended the Lincoln Peak ski trails (quiet right now, as the lift served mountain biking hasn't yet started).
Hot day with the occasional welcome breeze. Hazy, but still decent views.
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.