Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Jay Peak, VT
Trails: Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, June 3, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking area is on left VT 242 1.7 mi past intersection with Jay Peak Rd (coming from East). Looks like room for 15 or more vehicles. Trail crosses at west end of parking area. Southbound is signed. Didn't see sign for Northbound. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Well maintained trail. Evidence of recent blowdown clearance - Many thanks to trail maintainers. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No water sources on this trail, other than one million puddles, but there is a restaurant at summit.  
Bugs: None today. Cold and windy to start in morning then snow showers (Yes - SNOW!) and rain showers in afternoon. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There is a 1 1/2 quart sauce pan on a tree stump in the rocky section on the upper part of the trail. 
Comments: Steady steep right from the start with some easing when trail followed contours for short stretches. Fair amount of mud, wet rocks and water on trail on ascent. Most mud and water could be avoided by careful foot placement or rock hopping on ascent. On descent showers had created much worst conditions and it was a choice of stepping on extremely slippery rocks or wading through the mud puddles. Many rocks to climb over, but most had good footholds for ascent, but more tricky on descent. A couple were impossible for elderly folks with poor flexibility, but there were side paths around these. If you lack rock climbing skills, this might be challenging, but also good opportunity for skill building - look carefully for the footholds and the easier way. Sometimes a half-step to the side and another half-step back is better than trying to go straight up. Once the trail breaks the ski slope, you can follow that up to the summit to avoid the last .1 mile of rock scrambling if you stay on the Long Trail. (My descent was several hours after summit as I spent considerable time getting beaten up by Big Jay in between.)  
Name: SpartyhikerfromME 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-06-04 
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