Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Deer Leap, Thundering Falls, The Lookout, VT
Trails: Shurburne Pass Trail North, Deer Leap Trail, Deer Leap Spur, Appalachian Trail, spur to Green Gate Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Spotted car at spur trail on Green Gate Road and left car in lot at Shurburne Pass Trail North across from the Long Trail Inn. We heard that Chateauguay Road is un-passable and it looked that way when we hiked across it.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hop-able or bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail well blazed, good signs and I recall a couple of limbed duck unders--trail in excellent condition 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: why not 
Bugs: Yes when you stopped they find you and eat you alive 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I dropped off Danielle at the AT crossing on Route 4 and I drove back up to grab Deer Leap and we'd meet at where Deer Leap hits the AT near the Maine Junction. She ended up waiting for me for almost half an hour since I didn't figure in more than 800' elevation gain and difficult rocky footing! Cloud ceiling was low, maybe 2000' so the view from the ledge wasn't what I had hoped for... Danielle and I enjoyed a nice day on the AT and the weather was kind to us too. Misty morning and some light rain, only rained when Danielle had her pack cover off so I told her to keep it on! Ben's Balcony and Lakota Lake vistas are grown-in so don't expect much. Giffords Woods State Park Campground has a nice water spigot right on the trail and along Kent Pond there were lots of mushrooms. Thundering Falls are loud and lovely and the long boardwalk is swell. Footbed is soft and nice. Nice logging operation between Chateauguay Rd and Lokota highpoint, the cut left behind the Maple trees is a wonderful wildlife habitat and maybe a future sugar orchard--nice to see good active forest management. We ate lunch at the Stony Brook Shelter. We took a long break and enjoyed sunshine at The Lookout. A couple was staying there that were out for a few days section hiking. We only saw one other person camping off the trail just before Stony Brook. Trail was empty and quiet for us. A big day over 18 miles of new to us AT!  
Name: Nordic_Gal, Danielle  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-07-16 
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