NewEnglandTrailConditions.com
NewEnglandTrailConditions.com:
MA
|
ME
|
NH
|
RI/CT
|
VT
|
Ski
Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Harmon Hill, Consultation Peak, Peak 3025, East Mountain , VT
Trails
Trails: Long Trail, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Large parking lot at Rt. 9 AT/LT crossing is a sheet of ice. There is designated, signed AT parking on Rt. 2 maybe 1/10 mile east of the AT in North Adams. Room for ~10 cars. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Usual blowdown for this time of year 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Southbound on the Long Trail from Rt. 9 to the MA border and North Adams.

Spiked steeply up Harmon Hill at O’dark thirty. Trail was rather treacherous - hardpacked, icy, postholed, & in the dark to boot (haha). Extra care was taken to not trip here because the slope was very steep and glazed w/ ice. On Harmon Hill in time for sunrise, I switched to snowshoes. Trail breaking was not difficult; I sank 3-4” usually, more here and there.

Followed a meandering track on & off 2 miles to Congdon Shelter, then was thankfully on my own. Consulted GPS 15-20 times when trail was hard to follow in open hardwoods. (The entire 18+ miles is open hardwoods.) Actually met a northbounder near Consultation Peak but ended up rarely following his tracks because he was off trail more than on it.

Happy to finally reach the Massachusetts State Line, where Fancypants had hiked to meet me, up from the AT in North Adams. :) We switched back to spikes at Pine Cobble Junction - trail was pocked with frozen postholes - and descended the AT to North Adams. I didn’t remember all that mountain laurel there, but it was gorgeous!!

One more LT section to go...
 
Name
Name: Snowflea 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-07 
Link
Link: http:// 
Bookmark and Share 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.

Copyright 2009-2019, All Rights Reserved