|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Oxbow Ridge, VT|
||Duck Brook Trail, Long Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, March 12, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||No real parking where both Duck Brook Trail and the Long Trail intersect Bolton Notch Road. Official parking lot is on Route 2. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Preston Brook required an invigorating ford, & my feet got wet. Water was ankle to mid shin deep. There is a high water bypass, but I had only a mile to go & wanted to stay on the official LT. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Some interesting blazing up on the ridge - lots of dripping, “weeping” blazes. Trail was MUCH easier to follow than expected. Used GPS track only a couple of times today! |
||Saw 4 today! |
||Saw a spider crawling on the snow |
|Lost and Found:
||Duck Brook Trail to Long Trail south across Oxbow Ridge, across Winooski River, to Bamforth Ridge trailhead|
Today was an extra treat because the crust was firm enough to support my weight. Carried snowshoes but never needed them. I reclimbed Duck Brook Trail, yesterday’s descent/exit for a mile, then headed south on the Long Trail. This section of trail is a relatively new (2015) relo & is a truly beautiful 4-5 mile ridgewalk through a forest of open hardwoods. It is one of my favorite sections of the LT.
As I dropped elevation - from ~2000 to ~400 feet on a predominately south-facing slope, the snowmelt was pronounced. The last 4 miles included crossing the Winooski, a road walk, a smaller river ford, & a flat walk through farm fields complete with stiles. There was so little snow that it felt like cheating to call it a winter hike.
Actually met 2 humans & 4 dogs during today’s hike, only the 2nd & 3rd hikers I have met in 90 miles of the LT in winter.
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.