Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Cutts Peak, Mt. Ellen, Nancy Hanks Peak, Lincoln Peak, Mt. Abraham, VT
Trails: Ski trails, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 17, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the southern Sugarbush ski area. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One large blowdown just south of Nancy Hanks Peak (well established herd path going around it now). Over a dozen blowdowns between Lincoln Peak and Little Abe; we cut out 6 of them, but it's still a bit of a jungle gym. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No water for most of the day via this route. 
Bugs: Black flies were vexing in some places and non existent in others. A couple of deer flies between maybe 2,500 and 3,700 feet in elevation. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Trails were mostly dry.

We ascended the work road that starts at the Super Bravo chairlift, bearing right to go by the base of the Castlerock chairlift. Take caution not too far above there to bear left on a much less prominent work road (more like two gravel tire tracks), as the main road otherwise turns and heads in the wrong direction. This isn't a super wide ski trail ascent, so there are breaks of shade and nice views. Decent variety of wildflowers in bloom, such as bunch berry, blue bead, violet, and cow vetch.

From the top of the Castlerock lift, we headed north on the Long Trail, over Cutts Peak and to Mt. Ellen, then retracing our steps. The trail was mostly dry with just one area of mud (step stones help).

Long Trail from Castlerock to Lincoln Peak was dry, as was the walk over Little Abe to Mt. Abraham. Prior to reaching Abraham, we saw just over half a dozen hikers total (nice departure from the busy 4K trails in NH). We cut out some of the blowdown jungle gym on Little Abe on the way back, then descended the Lincoln Peak ski trails (quiet right now, as the lift served mountain biking hasn't yet started).

Hot day with the occasional welcome breeze. Hazy, but still decent views.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-06-17 
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