|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Mansfield (The Forehead), Mt. Mansfield (The Nose), Mt. Mansfield (The Chin), VT|
||Eagle Cut Trail, CCC Road, Maple Ridge Trail, Long Trail, Old Triangle Trail, Sunset Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, June 10, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Not sure what the occasion was, but free admission to Underhill State Park today. Found one of the last spots in the lot around 9. Cars were lining the road well down the hill on our way out. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Cut out a treetop on Sunset Ridge just below the ledges that was resulting in a herd path on a embankment. Further cutting could be done, but hikers can now use the footbed again, and we brushed in the herd path. |
||Would not recommend Maple Ridge due to multiple scrambles, as well as a deep crevasse that requires a good jump to get over. Not much water once you leave the trees (and treeline is pretty low on this approach); noted some very thirsty looking dogs. |
||Virtually none, thanks to a cool breeze and lots of open ledge hiking. |
|Lost and Found:
||Perhaps the most scenic way to hike Mansfield with miles of open ledge hiking. Worth the extra drive as opposed to the standard Long Trail approach. One of the most scenic hikes in New England.|
Trails were very dry with just a few minor muddy areas. Still some patches of snow visible on Stowe and on the east side of The Chin. Maple Ridge was a nice, quiet approach, while the Long Trail on the ridge was pretty busy (especially with folks coming up from the auto road). Sunset Ridge was also fairly busy. Cantilever Rock (about 0.4 miles roundtrip off Sunset Ridge Trail) was very neat to see, jutting out above you.
Lots of wild flowers throughout, but not much in way of alpine flowers at this juncture.
Fantastic weather with good temperatures and sunny skies.
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.