Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Jay Peak, Big Jay, VT
Trails: Long Trail, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked in lot along Rt 242 at the intersection with the Long Trail. Space for about 2 dozen cars. One on arrival, and about 10 later in day. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Couple of blowdowns on Big Jay herd path; stepovers and one with bypass.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Overall, easy for trail pups at the appropriate time of the year. Not a good trail in the winter when Jay Peak is open since part of the route crosses ski trails.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Goal was to join skier friend at the summit for a quick lunch, but the tram was quite popular (crowded) so we never coordinated timing. But, this was a great day for a hike in the mountains. Blue sky, lots of snow cover, beautiful. Trails were broken out by back-country skiers, but I didn't encounter anyone in the woods today. Long trail to the ski summit lodge (top of gondola) was well blazed in white. Some post-holing at the start of this section of the Long trail, but this may have been from skiers exploring the trail to determine conditions since they didn't continue more than 1/4 mile. It pops out on the Vermonter ski trail leading to the summit area (wooden stairs at entrance), watch for skiers.

Route over to the herd path continues by taking either Upper North Way (I believe) on left before summiting at the lodge. Or by following the long trail up to the lodge and over to a short steeper section down to UNW (towards the start of Tuckerman's Chute). There are wooden stairs (mostly snow covered) entering the herd path, and many signs indicating that you are leaving the ski boundaries. The herd path was broken out by skiers, as well. Overall pretty easy to follow with great views in all directions depending on location. It was quite windy, resulting in drifting across small sections of the trail covering my foot prints when I returned.  
Name: CookiesOnTop 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-02-22 
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