Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mendon Peak, VT
Trails: Logging roads, herd path, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 24, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Bucklin trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossed two brooks rock hopping without any difficulty 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Only at parking lot. Cool damp weather kept them away. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We followed directions from a 6/7/14 report on Summit Hiking New England which included photographs and a GPS track. The logging road directions were as described. We took the upper logging road. The two stream crossings were easy. There was a cairn by the second crossing and a sign pointing the way back to Wheelerville Rd. After the second crossing the logging road got steep, rocky, and badly eroded. We saw the first cairn as described. Navigated around several blowdowns. The second cairn had a chain and hook on it. A herd path leads off from it with an initial steep grade. However we went on to find the third cairn but were unsuccessful. However we came across small tree limbs arranged to indicate the beginning of a herd path marked with surveyor tape. (Just beyond this was an orange winter rescue sled). We followed this herd path for a while but it disappeared. Used a compass bearing of 281 degrees but probably got slightly off as it got steeper with dense vegetation and blowdowns everywhere. Finally broke out onto a herd path that led us to the lookout, East Peak and Main Peak. On the return we followed a well defined herd path most of the way down, lost it for a while and went back to a compass bearing of 101 degrees which brought us to the herd path we had taken going up. The rest of the way back was easy and fast. Weather conditions of overcast, some fog and low 60's kept the bugs away. No views on the summit or overlook.  
Name: Dexhiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-06-25 
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