Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Mansfield - The Chin, VT
Trails: Access road, Eagles Cut Trail, Laura Cowles Trail, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 18, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking was 1 mile before Underhill State Park campground parking, around elevation 1,350'. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Skis 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One or two pesky blowdowns up high - nothing a small saw wouldn't take care of though.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: My pup did great 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: We hiked up for sunrise, which we missed as the summit was in the clouds. Very cold morning and quite windy above treeline. The road was well packed, as was the Eagle's Cut Trail. Sunset Ridge seemed to be packed out before we turned off. We went up Laura Cowles as it's more sheltered but boy is it steep! The snow was much looser on this trail with a couple icy spots underneath but not bad. Route is a bit challenging to follow above treeline as it all looks the same and difficult to distinguish between cairns and small trees - GPS map is helpful. Another guy did Sunset Ridge out and back and got up and down before us. A few others were heading up when we left. The conditions would be great for skiing up to the start of Sunset Ridge (and beyond if you have the skills). There is a lot of fresh snow up there (maybe close to 2 feet from this week).  
Name: ccam87 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-02-18 
Link: https:// 
Bookmark and Share 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.

Copyright 2009-2024, All Rights Reserved