Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Breadloaf Mountain, Mt. Wilson, VT
Trails: Skyline Pond Trail, Breadloaf Spur, Skyline Lodge Spur, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked on Steam Mill Road (FR 59). I was the only one there at 10:00 am. Two other cars were there when I was leaving around 5:00 pm. Waze brought me in from the north end of Steam Mill Road and I avoided any construction on 125.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Multiple crossings mostly at lower elevations of Skyline Trail. All easy to step over or rock hop. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Skyline Trail is in good condition with only one significant blowdown which required me to crawl under. I cut as many branches off the main trunk as I could to at least make it a bit easier to get under. There were many more blowdowns on the LT but most were relatively easy to go over or under. Again I cut branches and some small trunks to decrease difficulty of getting over, under, or around. There were also several blowdowns on the spur trail to the Skyline Lodge. Aside from one or two small patches of mud on Skyline, the trail was dry. Didn’t encounter any standing or running water until after intersection of Skyline and LT going towards Emily Proctor Shelter and Wilson and it was minimal. There were a couple significant mud patches but they were relatively small and easy to negotiate on logs or rocks.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one at the Skylight Pond Lodge swimming in the pond. Only people I encountered all day were at the pond. Would be an easy hike for a dog. 
Bugs: Black flies were definitely out, however, my Permethrin and Deet bath prior to the hike kept them away for the most part. Weren’t bothersome until I reached my car again at the end of the hike.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: See excellent trail description from May 25. My personal experience was this was a relatively easy hike compared to others on the NEHH list. It was also a beautiful day with a nice breeze. Wind gusts were around 30 mph, however, the hike is very sheltered the entire way so the wind was not a problem. Both summits are sheltered and there are very limited views through the trees. If there were spur paths anywhere to more clear views, I missed them. Overall it was a beautiful hike in the woods on a beautiful day in a remote area.  
Name: Ann 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-26 
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