Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Glastenbury Mountain, VT
Trails: Snowmobile trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 23, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Limited room at the gate at the T-junction of FR 371 and FR 325 (Castle Brook Rd). The latter road is rough and requires 4x4 and high clearance. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The only major crossing was at an area flooded by beaver damming. There was a lightly beaten footway going around the worst of the flooding. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trail wasn't difficult for me to follow, but for novice hikers, it can be tough, especially with the leaf cover acting as camoflauge. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: A few buzzing about; the mild spell this weekend brought some of them back out. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Glastenbury Mountain was on my radar for years, and I finally got myself to do it today. Instead of taking the (very) long usual route from VT highway 9, I went deep into the heart of the southern Green Mountains and took the "secret" eastern route- a snowmobile trail that climbs up the eastern side of Glastenbury and, for a while near the top, parallels the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail. The summit is flat, heavily wooded, and viewless, but there is an old fire tower on it that has great views from the cab.

This was one of the most eerie hikes I've done for several reasons: the dark, overcast sky, the leafless, dead-looking forest that I was in for most of the hike, a single white balloon floating around just off-trail (if you know, you know), and the fact that the mountain is in the center of an area called the Bennington Triangle, which was where several people mysteriously disappeared in the 1940s/50s.  
Name: Spencer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-10-23 
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