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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Mayo, Bolton Mountain, VT
Trails
Trails: Lake Mansfield Trail, Long Trail, Duck Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Bolton Notch Road is pretty muddy & rutty right now. Not much room to park where Duck Brook Trail crosses road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The stream draining “Nebraska Notch Cirque” required some deliberate foot placement but wasn’t bad. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Just a few blowdowns here & there. New blazing around Mt. Mayo was appreciated. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Lake Mansfield Trail to Taylor Lodge, Long Trail south to Duck Brook Trail to Bolton Notch Road, about 11 miles

LMT was spikeable, but snowshoes went on shortly after leaving Taylor Lodge when I started postholing every 10th step or so. After the melt/rain/freeze, the surface is hard, uneven, sometimes ice glazed, crunchy, & LOUD w/ plastic MSR snowshoes!! There is a lot of snow up high, with blazes just peeking out above the snow near Bolton Mtn. Snowshoes are necessary & will be so for a few more weeks.

Bolton Mtn. had a stretch of maybe 3/4 mile that was badly postholed & difficult to maneuver around. Thankfully the culprits descended one of the connectors to Bolton Valley ski area.

LT was the usual GPS-aided search for white blazes but was a little bit easier to follow than previous sections... but still not easy. Some beautiful woods & interesting “nooks & crannies”up there, especially in the Mts. Clark-Mayo area. :)

Duck Brook Trail got muddy towards the bottom, with lots of rotting snow. Finally removed the snowshoes in the last half mile.

Didn’t see another soul all day.  
Name
Name: Snowflea 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-03-12 
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