Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Ascutney, VT
Trails: Windsor Trail, Blood Rock Spur, 1903 Route, 1857 Route, Brownsville Rock Spur, Slot Trail, Brownsville Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking area for Brownsville Trail is off of Route 44, and parking area for the Windsor Trail is on Route 44A. I rode my bicycle from Brownsville downhill to Windsor Trail about 1.2 miles. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Small water easily rock hop-able on Windsor Trail. All water crossings on Brownsville Trail dry 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are well blazed and clear. Only step over was on Windsor somewhere before Gerry's Fall 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: met one that didn't want to stop following me 
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Mount Ascutney, Blood Rock, Brownsville Rock, Observation Tower, Castle Rock

Road between Trailheads, Windsor Trail, Blood Rock Spur, 1903 Route, 1857 Route, Brownsville Rock Spur, Slot Trail, Brownsville Trail

Started out sometime after 2 pm, both parking lots were mostly full. Bike ride was fun, it was downhill except for a couple of short flat spots. Locked my bike and headed up. Gerry's Falls was nice ledge with some water flowing. I went up the Blood Rock spur (it dead ends so if you have an old map beware), view was swell. Backtracked and took the 1903 route of Windsor Trail up to the 1857 Windsor Trail and then down I went past the rotting log cabin (not inviting can't believe they haven't burned it like they do in the Whites) and down to the intersection and back up I went (never know if you're redlining or not). Brownsville Rock spur is short and is wonderful and I had it all to myself. Passed by Stone Hut ruins and on to the observation tower. Good views to Moosilauke and Monadnock and south to Stratton and all around north super nice. Then I went over to the communication tower area to hit the summit and see the old fire tower footings. On way out I went down the slot and then up to Castle Rock and then back to Windsor and up again a short ways to pick up the Brownsville Trail. North Peak Lookout, Knee Lookout and Quarry Top Lookout all very nice. The highlight is the Norcross Quarry abandoned in 1923, the old derrick and cables, the grout piles, old cart rails and the cart road are interesting to poke around. Mountain Bike trail shares the old cart road for a bit. Really enjoyed this late afternoon adventure. Looking forward to going back and getting the other trails. Been up the autoroad via my motorcycle years ago.  
Name: Nordic_Gal 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-01 
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