Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Jay Peak, Big Jay, VT
Trails: Long Trail, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Tons of space in the pull off in Jay Gap. Was the first car there and were only two others by the time I left. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None - but the trail is turning into a stream in places 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few small blowdowns, but easy to navigate around.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one on why way down who I think I scared with my snowshoes. Sorry buddy :-( 
Bugs: Saw the first ones of the season today... 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Great morning heading up Jay and Big Jay for my NEHH. I thought I might just be giving my snowshoes a piggyback ride all day, but was definitely glad I brought them. You'll need them for a least a few more weeks, particularly if you are going out to Big Jay.

The trails lower down are wet and muddy, but not too bad. The monorail starts at almost exactly 3'000. It's very narrow and unstable at first, but firms up pretty quickly. If you don't have snowshoes, I'd definitely recommend microspikes still. Some pretty icy patches which would be har to navigate. No snow on the actual summit of Jay itself or the surrounding ski trails.

The best conditions were actually on the "bushwhack" out to Big Jay. There is a good snowpack and even though no one had been out there for a bit, the herd path was easy to follow. It would be pretty difficult without snowshoes, as even with them I was postholing in places.  
Name: dr.gstjohn 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-29 
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