|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Mansfield (The Chin), VT|
||Route 108, Long Trail, Profanity Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, November 20, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||108 stops being plowed just after the turn off for Stowe with plenty of options for parking and adding only a short jaunt on 108 (0.3?) until the LT junction. |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction |
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|Lost and Found:
||I took the profanity trail on the way up to the summit and the LT on the way down from the summit (essentially doing a loop from Taft Lodge).|
Profanity trail had snow up to my thighs at some points (wish I had brought snowshoes) but was all doable and had no scary icy sections. Definitely a safer option for summiting this peak in winter, and really not much longer than the LT.
The LT from the summit to Taft lodge had at least one section of pure icy rock face which would have been some fun rock scrambling in the summer, but was sheer terror for me going down it with only microspikes... particularly with a large cliff/drop towards which the ice was slanted... to each their own, but I would recommend more than microspikes if you choose this way.
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.