|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Breadloaf Mountain, VT|
||Emily Proctor Trail, Long Trail, spur path|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, October 7, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Room for several cars in the dirt pull-off at the end of FR 201. Said road is a little rough in spots, so drive carefully if you're in a low-clearance vehicle. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The one major crossing wasn't bad on the hike up, but on the hike down, it was tricky due to the rain that started when I left the summit. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No major issues. Some faint blazes and evidence of light use, but it's a Wilderness trail, after all. |
|Lost and Found:
||The Emily Proctor Trail (as well as the short section of the Long Trail between the Emily Proctor shelter and the summit) was one of the easier routes to a New England Hundred Highest peak I've done. Mostly easy grades with good footing, with more moderate grades near the shelter. Lots of fallen leaves along the footbed- felt like it was paved with them. The LT from the shelter to the short side path to Bread Loaf's summit was relatively easy as well, with a decent scramble partway through. No views from the wooded summit of Bread Loaf Mountain, but a side path led from the summit to a ledge with great views to the south and southwest, which I managed to see minutes before the rain moved in.|
I originally wanted to hike Mt. Wilson as well, but immediately after I left Bread Loaf's summit, rainstorms moved in faster than I expected, and the rain was quite heavy at times. Even with rain gear, I didn't feel like doing that wet, chilly slog over to Wilson, so I ended up going back down the Emily Proctor Trail to my car.
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.