Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Equinox, VT
Trails: Red Gate Trail, Blue Summit Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Main lot at Red Gate was open today, no need to park at lower lot on West Union Street. Maybe excessive mud was an issue yesterday? 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No crossings to deal with. Water bars are well-maintained and effective at ushering water away from the trail. The upper section does have some areas where snow has "broken down" to what seems like mud underneath, but the cold temps overnight helped firm all that up. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No issues encountered. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:
Comments: This report differs little from that of Hubey's yesterday, with the main exception being a more firm snow/ice surface thanks to the well-below freezing temps overnight. Had intended to do this one the previous day following Dorset, but I'm glad I opted to wait the overnight for that better surface.

Wore spikes from the lot up to about 2300' where snow cover is consistent (just before the bench/spring junction). Snowshoes the rest of the way up. Very straightforward hike, but I forgot how unrelentingly moderate/steep the grade is. This was the fifth and final day of hiking, targeting seven more Winter NE 100 peaks toward a hopeful finish this season; so I was dragging a little. With this hike, I completed VT and now have five left.  
Name: Erik Bertrand 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-02-06 
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