Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Mansfield - The Chin, VT
Trails: Long Trail, Profanity Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 2, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking along the side of the road near the gate - Mountain Road is closed for the season. This adds about 0.3 miles to get from the lot to the trail.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There are a couple of crossings that are still open water but easily crossed.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One blowdown across the trail right near the beginning. Easy to walk around but blocking the trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Made the decision late last night to hike this one - had been watching the weather and seemed like everything further south was going to be sloppy. I put snowshoes on at the car and kept them on all day - wanted to use the heel lifts on the ascent and the traction on the descent. Pretty straightforward on the Long Trail up to the Taft Lodge. Plenty of ski tracks crisscrossing the trail but the trail is fairly obvious. The Profanity Trail was less obvious. There were some faint foot prints here and there but pretty much everything was blown in. While you could get away with spikes below the lodge, snowshoes are needed between the lodge and the ridge - knee deep in spots. I broke it out the best I could but most of my own prints were gone when I came down. I made one mistake that I quickly corrected - about a 1/3 of the way from the lodge there is an apparent trail to the left below a smallish rock column (don’t be fooled like I was) but the actual trail goes to the right behind it. Easy to remember - if ever faced with a choice to go around a small rock column, choose right and head towards the bid rock column. Most of my prints on the lower section were filled in too.  
Name: Michael & Monica 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-01-02 
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