|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Glastenbury Mountain, Glastenbury Mountain - West Peak, Glastenbury Mountain - Southwest Peak, Bald Mountain, VT|
||Long Trail, West Ridge Trail, bushwhack, Bald Mountain Trail, road walk|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, June 10, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty on either side of Route 9 @ the Glastenbury lot. Note that if you do this route CCW like I did you will be faced with an uphill walk on Route 9 as a final send off - and also note this stretch was very recently paved adding to the joy. |
||Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||None on this route. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||From the Goddard Shelter there is a sign pointing to West Ridge Trail and a tree with a blue blaze. From there it may take a couple of tries to actually get on the trail due to the maze of herd paths leading to campsites, fire rings and dead ends. West Ridge Trail is in good shape although the middle portion becomes very brushy - however the foot path is always obvious. |
||One of the two at the Goddard Shelter was apparently startled and barked pretty loudly when I walked toward the privy early in the AM. |
||I manged to get an early start and beat the black flies...yay for me! |
|Lost and Found:
||Day 2 of an overnight CCW loop...|
Like the Long Trail on the east side of the loop, the West Ridge Trail is all gradual grades which makes for easy walking. The upper half of Bald Mountain Trail's 'steep, rocky descent' referenced by GMNF is not that bad at all. Lower part of Bald Mountain Trail is as much muddy as it is dry. Starting from the N of West Peak, the whack was alternating thick hobblebush and large ferns.
Just missed the sunrise atop the tower but I spent a good amount of time up there alone gazing at the surrounding beauty. I was looking forward all day to Bald Mountain thinking the summit would be...well...bald. It might have been several decades ago but there are no views from the summit area although there are some from the WRT/BMT junction. No real views from anywhere else on the W side of this loop either...but hey - a nice weekend outdoors beats a stick in the eye!
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.