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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mansfield (The Chin), VT
Trails
Trails: Sunset Ridge Trail, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The access road was unplowed - don't try to drive up like we did with a 4x4 and get stuck. Emergency shovel did the trick. We walked up about 1 mile in snowshoes to the trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easily hop over water crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Saturday morning at 7:30am was brutally cold: -5 degrees on the car thermometer. Forecast was for -15F windchill at the summit. After walking about a mile on the unplowed access road to the trailhead, we took the Sunset Ridge Trail which was broken. The snow was deep and drifts were over 6 ft deep in some areas. One of our group fell waist-deep into a spruce trap. Snowshoes were absolutely essential. Heel lifts on the snowshoes were very helpful on the steep ascents. It was a strenuous uphill climb with all our gear, clothing layers, and snowshoes. We delayered and re-layered throughout the hike. The exposed area below the summit was wind-blown and the surface was frozen. The frozen tundra moonscape made for spectacular scenery. Winds picked up and the forecast was for winds from the NW of ~20mps which were at our backs ascending the summit. The winds erased the tracks we were following below the summit, and we had to use our GAIA gps app and create a trail up toward the summit. We had beautiful, clear views from the summit and backcountry skiers and snowboarders made their way up to the summit to enjoy all the snow. The descent on the Sunset Ridge was much faster, and the stinging winds blowing into our faces rushed our progress. It was a superb winter hike.  
Name
Name: Christine C 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-11 
Link
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