Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Worth Mountain, Romance Mountain, Gillespie Peak, Cape Lookoff Mountain, Mt. Horrid, The Great Cliff, VT
Trails: Long Trail, Great Cliff Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 4, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Nice sized regularly plowed lots at both Middlebury and Brandon Gaps 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Counted about a dozen blowdowns in this 10-mile section, pretty evenly spread out. Being designated Wilderness, blazes are few and faint.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Snowfleas and snow spiders :) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Middlebury Gap to Brandon Gap on the Long Trail.

Some bareboot traffic through Middlebury Snow Bowl to Worth Mtn. Then just wildlife tracks. With a few inches of fresh snow, I found it easier to wear snowshoes; plus I like leaving nice tracks. A bit of tricky and challenging route finding in the extensive hardwoods. Used GPS maybe 10 times. Also followed coyote and fox tracks - they like staying on the LT.

After Mt. Horrid it was too bony for snowshoes, so I switched to spikes. Visited the awesome Great Cliffs of Mt. Horrid on the way out. No peregrines in winter so they were accessible.  
Name: Snowflea 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-04 
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