|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Worth Mountain, Romance Mountain, Gillespie Peak, Cape Lookoff Mountain, Mt. Horrid, The Great Cliff, VT|
||Long Trail, Great Cliff Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, January 4, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|| Nice sized regularly plowed lots at both Middlebury and Brandon Gaps |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Unpacked Powder |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing 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. |
||Snowfleas and snow spiders :) |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
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.