Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Ascutney, VT
Trails: Futures Trail, Futures Link, auto road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gate to State Park is closed, parking across Rt 44A is nicely plowed 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Ice bridges over some of the streams are unstable and covered w/ fresh powder, making it hard to see the edges -- or even the stream itself, at times.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some blowdown at the low end of Futures, but easy to get around.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: It gets deep and wet from about a mile in, and the last few pitches up Futures and Futures link are steep and icy. But my husky did fine and loved it. Plenty of running water.  
Bugs: Ha, let them suffer a bit longer...  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Friday's storm dumped quite a bit of snow at altitude. First mile of Futures from the lean-to trailhead is untracked, but has only a trace of powder on a solid monorail -- microspikes work fine. Once you drop down after the first small lookout (a mile and change in), the snow depth increases rapidly with drifting and unpacked powder on frozen granular. I switched to snowshoes for the rest of the climb, but it gets progressively deeper as you ascend; by the time you cross the (unplowed) Autoroad and head over towards the Steam Donkey spur, you're in 8-10" of loose, wet powder over ice on a tricky camber -- tedious and exhausting work. Slab W towards the parking lot is untracked as well, with lots of drifts and unpacked powder. The Autoroad has not been plowed recently; there's a old snowmobile track that's left a little bit of packed granular in places, but it's mostly drifted over. The last mile out is on a couple of inches of very wet, unpacked powder -- too little for snowshoes, but your microspikes will ball up with ice almost instantly.  
Name: lblackmore 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-03-03 
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