|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Stratton Mountain, Spruce Peak, Prospect Rock, VT|
||Long Trail, VAST Trail 7, VAST Trail 7A, local trail, Old Rootville Road|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, March 3, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of plowed parking at Kelly Stand Road, for both AT/LT and nearby IP Road snowmobile areas. No parking at North Brookwood access (but dropoff & pickup okay). Large plowed parking at AT/LT crossing of Rt. 11/30; also snowmobile parking, so park wisely. Bottom of Old Rootville Road has plowed space for 3 cars. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Usual blowdowns for this time of year |
|Lost and Found:
||Lost a cotter pin and ring which keeps snowshoe crampon attached. ||
||Spiked up to summit of Stratton via LT northbound. Trail heavily traveled and firmly packed. Switched to snowshoes on summit. Lots of bent over branches and snow/ice encased trees at higher elevations, a couple of which required hands-and-knees crawl unders.|
Coming off summit there was an old, infrequently discernible, meandering snowshoe track, and footing was over a surface of hard frozen ice chunks. Tubbs snowshoe dropped a cotter pin and ring which attaches the snowshoe claw to the plastic bed. MacGyvered a fix with a key ring, alas the fix got me only a couple miles to the IP road/ VAST Trail 7. F.....!!! Fancypants to the rescue. Trail 7 to 7A to a local trail that leads to North Brookwood Road which I remembered from skiing the Catamount Trail.
FP picked me up and drove me around to the LT/AT crossing on 11/30, and I traversed the 5-mile Spruce Peak section (spikes to the shelter spur, easy trail breaking in spare snowshoes from there to Prospect Rock), down Old Rootville Road, which is snowmobiled.
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.