Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Mansfield (The Chin), VT
Trails: Laura Cowles Trail, Long Trail, Sunset Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, December 21, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Winter parking advised (I helped some one get unstuck in their car higher up past the winter parking) 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bridges all intact! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: n/a 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none 
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: no 
Comments: Going up Laura was smooth but steep. No problems with slipping, most of the ice was covered by crunchy snow and made great footing.I used my new Tubbs VRT snowshoes, they were amazing. The crampons helped in a couple steep icy areas. I saw old boot tracks going up that looked like they made alot of postholes. Once up on the ridge the snow drifts were impressive in size and scope. The drifts were hard packed so walking on them felt secure going up and fun going down. The summit trail (LT north) was obscured but it was easy to walk on the drifts and occasional exposed rock to the chin. Coming down Sunset was a breeze, the snow was ideal for snowshoeing and walking on and through the drifts (with occasional exposed rock) continued until I was off the ridge. Rest of the trail was smooth covered in hard snow which made footing easy. What a great day!  
Name: Joe (without Flo) 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-21 
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