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