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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mansfield - The Chin, VT
Trails
Trails: Route 108, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The road is gated at the ski area and there is ample parking near the gate.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We were able to easily cross everything without getting our feet wet. There is a lot of running water on the trail.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were a couple of blow downs but nothing serious.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn’t see any dogs out there today.  
Bugs
Bugs: None.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing.  
 
Comments
Comments: Led this one for the Random Group of Hikers.

The road is closed but it’s a short road walk from the parking area to the trail junction. It’s not well marked and we went by it on our way in - we went up to where my old map showed the crossing used to be. We found sections of abandoned trail and scrapped blazes and worked our way down to the current trail. The “snow” was pretty solid. I bare booted all the way up to the steep narrow section just above tree line. From there it was spikes. While I did posthole a dozen times or so I never thought of taking the snow shoes off of my pack. On the way back down I took my spikes off around 2,600 feet because the snow was balling up underneath. The Taft Lodge was a nice spot to hang out for a few minutes out of the wind. The narrow steep section just above tree line was easily climbed - even though it was iced up the warm temperatures made the ice soft enough for the spikes to easily dig in. On the way down this section we faced the mountain and dug our toe points in.  
Name
Name: Michael and Monica 
E-Mail
E-Mail: michaelfblair@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-12-15 
Link
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