Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Bolton Mountain, Mt. Mayo, VT
Trails: Long Trail, Clara Bow Trail, Lake Mansfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 15, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There are NO parking spots where the Long Trail leaves Bolton Notch Road, though I was dropped off there so no problem starting right there. The Lake Mansfield Trout Club permits day-use parking near the clubhouse in summer. No gate to close so no hour restrictions. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Just one main crossing, of the stream draining from Nebraska Notch into Lake Mansfield. Easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails very nice overall, evidence of recent maintenance work done to clear blowdowns. Some mud here and there, but nothing quagmirey. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a few dogs. A few parts of the Long Trail around Mount Clark (esp. the ladder) might be tough for them. Dogs not recommended on Clara Bow trail due to the ladder. 
Bugs: Almost nonexistent, thanks to the cool weather and plentiful breezes! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: One of the best hiking days of the year as I did the LT from Bolton Notch Road to Nebraska Notch, exiting at Lake Mansfield. It felt like I was in A/C all day.....quite the contrast to the expected heat in a few days.

Trail is very nice footing for the first several miles, then gets progressively rockier and tougher. Mount Clark's east side was the toughest part - one ladder and lots of ups and downs. Clara Bow Trail through Nebraska Notch is plain rough overall, but there's only one really epic section when it goes into a boulder cave and up a ladder - most akin to Tumbledown Loop Trail (Maine). But not as tough as Mahoosuc Notch and King Ravine Subway.

Bolton Mountain has no views, but you can get some partial views on the trail going down the N side.

Mount Mayo's summit is like 10 yards off the trail and has a canister! On the north side of Mayo is the only good view of the day northwest down the Champlain Valley - skyline of Montreal (about 80 miles) was visible today.

Name: Dan Saxton 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-06-15 
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