Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Mansfield - The Chin, VT
Trails: Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, January 12, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at end of RT 108 just past Stowe ski area. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor hop overs, but suspect they will be bridged shortly. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No other snowshoers, just backcountry skiers using trail, which makes the path narrower. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw footprints on the way down from Taft lodge. 
Bugs: Hibernating. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: No one else showshoeing for awhile. Backcountry skiers packed down just short of Taft lodge. Had fresh snow over their tracks, which are narrower than showshoes, a little awkward as snow was frozen. Packed out trail just before Taft Lodge to peak. About 4 inches new on bottom to about 8 up top. Overall around a foot on bottom with 3 feet up top. Plenty of spruce traps to watch for. Hard for me going solo to stay on trail but managed to be close, with more snow today it may not matter. Last 1/4 mile before ridge was rough looking for trail but managed, ice ax could help pull yourself up on the start of ridge but I managed with poles. Used my Evo Ascents which are perfect above treeline, crusty on top. NO cairns but mother nature provided one snow cairn. Someone bare booted to Taft after me, made it rough going down, need more showshoe traffic.  
Name: Brian Z. 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-13 
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