|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Kirby Mountain - South Peak, VT|
||Snowmobile trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, November 15, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Kirby Ridge Rd. from E. Burke to Victory Road. Ice and snow coated this class 4 road. You will need a high clearance. 4-wheel drive vehicle to drive Victory Road, or you can walk 2.5 miles from the beginning of Victory Road to the Kirby Mountain Snowmobile trail. There is plenty of room for 3-4 vehicles, plus there are pull-offs along the road. |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||After parking my truck at a gated pull-off just below the Kirby Mountain snowmobile trail (Corridor 5). I walked the road for about 1/2 mile to the Kirby Mountain Snowmobile Trail intersection with Victory Rd. I hiked along the snowmobile Trail for about 1/4 mile and then ducked into the woods climbing steadily to the ridgeline. I whacked along the ridge in mostly open woods with intermittent fields of hobblebush. Keep to the west side of the ridge to avoid most of the patches of hobblebush. I encountered several nice views to the east and a beautiful glade as I approached the summit. The summit is encircled with blowdowns and ledges and sits on a distinctive mound of rock. I returned to the snowmobile trail following my track. #70 of the NEKHH. The 2-3 inch snow cover was littered moose, deer, bear, bobcat, coyote, and rabbit tracks. A beautiful day spent in the woods of solitude. |
Due to the icy conditions of Victory Rd. I aborted my plan to visit Flower and Gerry at their farm on Victory Rd. It may have to wait until spring as their farm is only accessible via snowmobile in winter.
||Gordo DuBois |
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.