Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Telephone Gap Peak, Mt. Carmel, Bloodroot Mountain, VT
Trails: FR99, bushwhacks, Long Trail, New Boston Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: in the morning we were unable to make it all the way to the new boston trailhead on FR99 in chittenden owing to a number of large trees across the road about .5 short of the trailhead. these were cleared by the afternoon so access to the ample trailhead parking is now good. the gmnf website recommends high clearance in order to access the new boston trailhead, but at this point any normal vehicle could easily get there with care in a couple washed out sections.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
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Water Crossing Notes
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Trail Maintenance Notes
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Dog-Related Notes
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Lost and Found
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Comments: we walked fr99 to its crossing of green brook then bushwhacked up in open woods to intersect the long trail at about 2550 on the nw ridge of telephone gap peak. we followed it just briefly then continued on a gradual uphill bushwhack in great woods to the recognized summit. we doubled back to the long trail and followed it north towards carmel meeting the new boston trail then climbing a few minutes to where the unofficial trail up carmel leaves to the right. currently it is marked by a small cairn. the trail up carmel had nice footing with a couple steep spots to the remains of a collapsed lookout tower. a short distance beyond is the highpoint which has a maintained register. older registers from the summit are archived at the david logan shelter. once back down on the long trail we continued north dropping to wetmore gap then ascending a couple hundred vertical on the trail before taking off on a bushwhack to bloodroot. great woods with a little steep climbing to the top of the ridgeline then good moderate going up to the recognized highpoint. we took roughly the same route back to the long trail then followed it back to new boston trail. much like the long trail new boston trail had downed leaves with minor mud and some slippery footing. we passed the david logan shelter and in a few more minutes the trail joined a snomo route back down to the trailhead and fr99.
thanks to zach for another great hike in vt. a nice day in a beautiful part of the state to finish the vt3000 ft peaks.  
Name: bryan, zporterColdRiverCampCook 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-04 
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