Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Brandon Gap to Route 4, VT
Trails: Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Good sized, regularly plowed parking lots at both Brandon Gap and Route 4 AT/LT crossing 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All small and easy or bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: About a dozen blowdowns over 20 miles, all easy to get over, under or around 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Brandon Gap to Route 4/Sherburne Pass on the Long Trail

First 4 miles, to Bloodroot Gap, broken out by backcountry skiers. From Bloodroot Gap to Tucker Johnson Shelter, almost 15 miles, I broke trail through 4-5” which turned out to be a perfect depth/effort for this solo effort.

Paint blazes (white - haha) are much more frequent than they were to the north. Still I resorted to GPS maybe a dozen times due to extensive snow-plastered open hardwoods. The LT in winter is a challenge for sure.

In this section the LT goes over no actual summits but traverses around them... sometimes on a pretty tricky sidehill. Ankles got a workout. It is a beautiful section, with more views in the winter months.

There is once again a shelter at Tucker Johnson (old one burned down a few years ago). A thrill to reach Maine Junction today!

Thanks and gratitude to my sweet husband for playing taxi.  
Name: Snowflea  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-07 
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