Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Mansfield -- The Chin, VT
Trails: Long Trail, Profanity Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, June 3, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Huge parking lot at the foot of Stowe Mountain Resort. Back path from parking lot through Barnes Camp Visitor Center avoids a short road walk by taking you on a somewhat longer stroll through the side woods. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water levels were low. All water crossings were easy walks across the rocks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some blow downs on second mile. Looks like they've already been cut and pushed to the side (but still require pushing by branches). 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I saw a dog on the summit but I don't think he took this trail. Steep sections where many dogs would need lifting up. 
Bugs: Horrible onslaught of black flies on this hot day. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The first two miles of this part of the Long Trail are typical with moderate incline, brooks, and rocks. Many flat "catch your breath" sections along the way. However I felt unprepared for the duration and difficulty level of the steep sections on the final approach to the summit. I like rock scrambles but this was more challenging for me than Wildcat A (or whichever that steep part is on...). Because of this, I decided to loop back on Profanity Trail. Profanity Trail was absolutely "easier" in that it had only a couple parts where I sat down to get my boots to the lower rock. Most of it was a big relief from the other route - except that I unfortunately stepped on a rock of doom and damnation, which must have had wet moss, because I went flying faster than Wiley Coyote on a banana peel. Hurt my knee but still stayed overnight at the Taft Lodge (log cabin) and enjoyed the stars and sunrise. Limped down the next morning. That overnight idea was the reason I didn't take the Sunset Trail, which I heard is the easier route overall. Full respect to Mount Mansfield as (I think) the most stunning summit in the state of Vermont.  
Name: Rachel Whelton 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-06-04 
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