Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Jay Peak, Big Jay, VT
Trails: Long Trail, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 14, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Contrary to some driving instructions, there is not a "parking lot" where the Long trail crosses Rt. 242 but rather a large pull off area. There were no signs on Rt. 242 heading east indicating the LT crossover or the parking pull off area. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Long trail from Rt. 242 is great shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Only a few on the herd path. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The Long Trail to the Jay Peak summit was relatively easy after our climb the previous day to Dorset Peak with its relentless uphill sections. Although you gain a lot of elevation on the LT to Jay Peak, there are numerous short flat sections and steps to ease the elevation gain. We took the summit bypass route up the ski slope but then climbed the wooden stairs near the summit building to stand on the true summit. We had some confusion with where the herd path to Big Jay begins based on one report I read. You look for the opening in the fence (that appears after the Tuckerman's Trail sign) which is signed for the continuation of the Long Trail north. The herd path begins off the LT north about 100-150 feet on the left beyond this fence opening. It is marked with orange flagging tape for its entire length to the Big Jay summit. The worst section of the herd path is at the very beginning with numerous blow downs. The vegetation is so overgrown that you need to watch carefully for the flagging tape to avoid getting off the herd path. The path improves as you get down to the cull between the mountains. Mud was not much of a problem as there are detours around the worst sections. The entire herd path is a mix of various conditions with mud, flat easy sections, and a few small ledges. Big Jay summit jar register could use a couple new pencils. One just crumbled in our hands. Was great to see the summit sign and big red rescue sled.  
Name: Dexhiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-07-14 
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