|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Breadloaf Mountain, Mt. Wilson, VT|
||USFS FR 201, Emily Proctor Trail, Long Trail, Breadloaf summit spur path|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, December 29, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Well-plowed lot at northern end of FR 54 (South Lincoln Road), just past the FR 201 junction, several miles south of South Lincoln. |
||Wet Trail, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Big river crossing was really sketchy, best option in both directions was about 40-50 yards upstream from trail crossing. Remaining stream crossings were easily crossed, very few bridges at this point (sizable melting the past couple days). |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The first .5 mile of Emily Proctor is a real mess, numerous trees over the trail. Removed a bunch of branches as I could without spending a lot of extra time, and also freed upwards of 100 small trees that were bent over and stuck in the snow. Isolated blowdowns near the Breadloaf dog leg, and a few other places along the LT. |
|Lost and Found:
||This was tough. Broke out the whole way, only faint snowshoe tracks here/there from probably weeks ago. (Previous entry in register was from 11/23.) Warmth and rain the past couple days softened things up, leaving a shallow, soft crust down low (just few to several inches), but an often breakable 1"+ crust up high, above perhaps 2800' or so, with anywhere from 6" to 18" or more underneath, making the going very slow.|
Nearly the entire length of trail up high (Emily Proctor and LT) featured flowing water underneath, exacerbating the likelihood of breaking through the crust and dropping a good foot or two toward it. Tried to stay off the main trail where this was a real problem. Moose foot-holing destroyed the upper .3 or so of the Emily Proctor trail.
Chris Higgins also hiked after me about 1.5-2 hours, so two of us left the trail in largely broken-out shape -- but expect to break through where we didn't. Blowdowns in several places, especially on Breadloaf, but usually easily avoided.
Hard-fought win, these two. 83/84 of Winter NE 100.
||Erik Bertrand |
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.