|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Camel's Hump, VT|
||Monroe Trail, Dean Trail, Hump Brook Camping Area Spur, Allis Trail, Long Trail, Alpine Trail, Bamforth Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, December 4, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Made it to upper summer lot, but it was icy. (I have AWD and snow tires.) |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Allis Trail had 3 small clusters of blowdown that required going around. Couple of easy duckunders on LT and Alpine. |
||Alpine Trail and the upper mile of Bamforth Ridge Trail (LT) are very wet, with lots of unfrozen seeps and streamlets. Snow depth is about a foot but is not enough to cover these wet spots. Your dog’s feet will be wet and thus prone to icing. LT has some scrambly sections. |
||Broke 3 webs. |
|Lost and Found:
||Redlined, or Long Trail “Side to Sided,” Allis and Alpine Trails and threw in the summit, too, since it was such a gorgeous day.|
Monroe and Dean Trails are very well traveled; I barebooted. Checked out Hump Brook campsite. The privy is almost full and is quickly forming a Cone of Death. O_O Lots of animal tracks today, a winter wonderland feeling! Allis Trail had a small “bench” with an excellent and impressive view of the Hump.
LT was scrambly and fun. Put spikes on here. Just 0.2 mile below the summit, I veered down Alpine Trail and proceeded to lose ~1000 feet of elevation over a long 1.7 miles. Boo. Alpine trail had many wet, boggy seepages and streamlets, not quite enough snow to cover them although there was a good consistent foot of it. Trail is not well traveled, but a few had been through over the weekend. Barebooted this section as the snow was getting very sticky in the warm sun. Alpine Trail some very nice ledgy outlooks! Somehow I missed the plane crash site...
Regained the 1000 feet of elevation loss on wet and rutted, snowy and scrambly Bamforth Ridge Trail (LT). Everything frosted and sparkly near/on summit, w/ light winds, warm temps and 360 views. Back down Monroe Trail to finish up the convoluted, loopy route on Vermont’s iconic peak.
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.