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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mansfield (The Chin), VT
Trails
Trails: Laura Cowles Trail, Long Trail, Sunset Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parking lot filled up on a Saturday with nice weather 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all frozen 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: brush on luara cowles 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: trail seemed doggable but snow was deep off trail. probably ok in the summer too but rock scrambles if any were well cover with snow 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Trails had alot of snow which was mostly but not completely packed out on Laura Cowles which is less traveled than Sunset Ridge. Snowshoes are recommended on Laura Cowles to avoid post holeing but it was doable with microspikes with added difficulty. 1 of the people in our group carried skis up Laura Cowles and it was extremely difficult for him because the skis kept snagging on low branches which led to snow falling off the branches on him. It would have been better to carry skis up sunset ridge where there were way less low branches. Microspikes were adequate on sunset ridge which was well packed out. There were no difficult scrambles on either route, if there are any they were completely snow covered. There was minor ice on the exposed areas above and near tree line but nothing that wasn't easily handed with microspikes. The views from the top were amazing and it was my favorite 4000 footer in VT.  
Name
Name: Metricspork 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-02-24 
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