|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Wilson, Mt. Roosevelt, VT|
||Clark Brook Trail, Long Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, May 7, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||I was planning on parking at the pull-off just before the FR55 bridge over Clark Brook; however, there was logging equipment parked here, so I parked along and off of FR55 just W of the trailhead. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Most crossings small and manageable. The first crossing 0.5 miles from the trailhead used to be bridged but is not anymore. The crossing is either forded, or there are a few options up or downstream of the trail, and there is one tree spanning the brook. In high water, fording might be the only option. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Most of this trail is in the Wilderness, so blowdowns and rough sections occurred as expected. The blazes on the Long Trail sometimes just disappear. |
|Lost and Found:
||Overall a very straightforward hike, although the shoulder season conditions made it interesting. Clark Brook Trail is very pleasant: your prototypical logging road ravine-brook-following trail at good grades and snow free. The last steep pitch to the ridge had some patches of snow and ice from 2800-3000'.|
On the Wilson ridge, the snow became very deep (1-3') and very unpredictable in regards to stability. Had a few great postholes, as this part of the trail is seldom used and not consolidated. The Long Trail is not well marked either (as I saw near Bread Loaf last week) so care is needed to find your way until the snow recedes.
On the return, I decided to add Roosevelt since I was longing for some views, and the views from the Roosevelt ledges were great! Very rewarding for relatively little work past the Clark Brook/LT intersection.
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.