Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Ellen, VT
Trails: Jerusalem Trail, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We parked on the side of the road-there were 3 cars when we headed out. Room for maybe 5?  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues with the little streams to cross 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Jerusalem trail-i do not recall anything big. Long Trail-needs some love from at least a half dozen trees down across the trail that you have to go under or humble over. Most need an ax/chainsaw. Only maybe 1 or 2 can be delt with for a hand saw 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Easily 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost nothing, found nothing 
Comments: Well the last time I was on mt Ellen it was from the Abraham side. Jerusalem trail i thought was great and it was not too steep. It was very gradual up til the last about 200’ of elevation. The 1.8 or so of the long trail I will say seemed like it too forever. We put our spikes on very close to the top of the ridge on the jerusalem trail. There was only about3-4” of snow below the ridge. Once on the ridge there is a lot more snow, snow in the trees, snow everywhere. We still were walking through on spikes and bareboots in a group in front of us. We made it to the peak which now has a summit sign. When we came out of the woods back to the chairlift-the ski rolled in directly in front of us and the wind and snow/freezing rain came through hard on us. Therefor we did not stop-we almost ran off the summit and down the long trail. Our 4 tracks and the other group of 4 made it a nice path/pack on the trail. I was in shortsleeves for most of the jerusalem trail and now i was in my puffy quite cold. We got off the ridge and it had stopped snowing. Our tracks had gotten some snow in them and the snow cover followed us back to the car but also making the trail very muddy. Well we got down the trails and the crew got another VT 4k  
Name: Danielle 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-30 
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