Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Stratton Mountain, VT
Trails: IP Road, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, February 4, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Enough room for maybe 5-6 cars tops, if stacked. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No big crossings on this trail, but many of the small brook crossings were exposed in some way, though with light flow of water. All were either covered/bridged, or easy step-overs. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Beautifully open, even in Winter. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Expected soft snow due to the marked increase in temps since yesterday, and got it. Thankfully it didn't stick to the snowshoes hardly at all. Trail was already pretty well-packed, but recent traffic indicates more bare-booting than snowshoes. The stretch of the IP Road from its junction with Stratton-Arlington Road was just bare-booted, but the rest of it to the AT junction was nicely packed by snowmobiles. The AT itself to the summit was in good shape, save occasional postholes. Up high, even with snowshoes I postholed a few times.

Really a beautiful "Spring" day, though. Depth of snow on-trail along the lower half is pretty shallow (was hitting rocks and roots at times, especially coming down), but up high it's a great deal more (but still packed). These warm temps and a bit of rain here/there should consolidate things and give us boilerplate at some point when the temps dive again.

It was a great day to experience the open woods and enjoy the views from the tower (my last hike I had no such luck). 1h40m up, 1h down, with a break on the tower in-between. 93 of Winter NE 100  
Name: Erik Bertrand 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-02-04 
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