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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Breadloaf Mountain, Mt. Wilson, VT
Trails
Trails: Emily Proctor Trail, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We accessed the TH via backcountry roads from Rt. 125/Ripton. Roads were good in the morning when temps were still well below freezing. Not so great in the afternoon when temps were above freezing - typical mud-season conditions. FR201 is not plowed and not drivable. There is a large parking area (plowed) just ~200 ft. to the south of the FR54 and FR201 jct.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: One significant crossing of the main tributary to the New Haven River. Right now it is single step over on hard crusted snow/ice-banks. Note: we crossed only once and whacked on the sides to connect to the trail proper. Many smaller tributaries to cross - most with open water but all very low and relatively easy to deal with. Some walking in water with snowshoes is unavoidable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Evidence of major blowdown close to the entrance of FR201 being recently removed. A good amount of bendovers (with top being frozen in solidly on other side of trail) at the lower section of Emily Proctor. A couple of larger blowdowns. There are a few old blazes here and there along the Emily Proctor tr. - but not many and they can be hard to spot. We did not spot a single blaze along the LT section from the shelter to Mt. Wilson. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Good conditions for K9s. Plenty of water available and none of the crossings should be troublesome as depth is minimal. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Used light traction (barebooting possible) along FR 201 and maybe 1/4 mile into the Emily Proctor tr. After that point we lost all signs of any previous travel and switched to snowshoes for the remainder of the hike. Several sections with signs of significant moose activity. Our tracks had been crossed by moose upon our return but we did not spot any all day.

Pretty firm snow conditions at lower elevation but getting increasingly softer with elevation - 4-6" along the LT and just below it. Occasional snowshoe post-holing. We were a bit off the LT here and there but navigation was pretty straightforward and Steve did a fine job in finding the easiest route through fairly open forest.


 
Name
Name: LongMark&LB Mushroom&Helle 
E-Mail
E-Mail: perfrost@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-03-19 
Link
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