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