|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Mansfield - The Chin, Mt. Mansfield - The Nose, Mt. Mansfield - The Forehead, VT|
||Long Trail, Maple Ridge Trail, Wampahoofus Trail, Wallace Cutoff, Lake Mansfield Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, February 1, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Ice Axe |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Parked the car at the Notch on the 108 near Stowe ski area. So many skiers we walked right by the beginning of the trail. Had to put snowshoes when we backtracked and found the entrance. The trail up to Taft lodge was pretty well packed by skiers, still we lost trail a couple of times.|
From Taft lodge to the Chin it was pretty airy, no trail, 10 meters visibility and we got stuck in a couple of spruce traps 4 foot deep.
The ridge was uneventful, no wind, but no views neither.
At the Forehead we took the decision to go on the Maple ridge because there were no tracks on the LT south... Wampahoofus was tracked to the Butler lodge.
Wallace Cutoff to get back on the LT was not tracked at all. It was the most difficult uphill 0.1 mile in 4 foot of unpacked powder.
Back on the LT we had to open the trail for around a mile. We were a group of 2 so we changed the lead every 10 minutes. Then we found some light tracks that became increasingly packed as we arrived near Nebraska Notch and Taylor lodge.
The descent to lake Mansfield was uneventful, we just wanted to get rid of those snowshoes as soon as possible. When we hit the road we removed snowshoes and started the long road walk to the 108.
Then a nice older couple picked us up at the Catamount trail access after 1 km of road walk and brought us downtown Stowe. Then free Stowe shuttle to our car!
Took us around 7 hours !
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.