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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Molly Stark Mountain, Burnt Rock Mountain, Mt. Ethan Allen, Camel's Hump, VT
Trails
Trails: Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Dropped a car on Route 2 just north of the Winooski footbridge. Began hike at height of the land at ApGap parked at the famous sticker covered guardrail, was disappointed I forgot to bring along a Pats Peak sticker to add to the coverage of the guardrail. 
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: Everything was bridged or easily rock hop-able BUT near the end of our hike we had to ford Preston Brook and since we were completely soak we just walked across the brook with the water just up to below our knees.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Between Burnt Rock Mt. and Mountclair Glen Lodge we met a caretaker removing blowdowns and a bit further north we ran into the trail maintainer working his butt off removing big blowdowns. We really lucked out that they had already completed a great deal of work. The whole way the trail was free of blowdowns except for a few that were in the process of being removed. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: If you can carry your dog okay. But there are scrambles and ladders and big drop offs that wouldn't look like a good idea to bring dog along. Camel's Hump REquires all dogs to be on leash. Saw a guy carrying his dog down the ledges. 
Bugs
Bugs: Yes yes lots of blackflies and lower down mosquitoes thankfully most of the time we enjoyed a good breeze but between mountains it got scary 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Liz and I are back section hiking the Long Trail and we picked up where we left off last Fall at the Appalachian Gap. This hiked all the way to Route 2 is nearly 21 miles. We totally lucked out with the weather. We saw many people at the shelters we passed by and on top of Camel's Hump there were dozens of people. Difficult to make good time because nearly every step had to be well thought out and executed carefully due to slick rock, mud, steepness, ladders, bridges, etc. Views were excellent.

Two WARNINGS..When you hit Duxbury Road consider staying on it because the new route along the edge of a chicken farmers electric fenced field was a HORROR SHOW. Grass, poison ivy and more up to our armpits, the footbed is not well established and yes as the sign warned that an electric fence might be in the trail it sure was complete with a dog and hundreds of chickens inside BUT it isn't possible to "just" walk around it. We had to crawl under the outside fence and then back again. The wet grass totally soaked us. We wished we had stayed on the road like the Long Trail used to be here. Seriously between the poison ivy and worrying about ticks this is section is insanity. TRAIN! Yes the guide book warns about crossing the tracks but at this point we were tired and I walked on the track and glanced right as I heard a horn blast and a fast train was headed our way. Yes we had three seconds to spare but it really shook me up. Getting hit by a train was the furthest thing from my mind. Great adventure and we enjoyed a mostly lovely lovely day.

 
Name
Name: Nordic Gal 
E-Mail
E-Mail: amybike@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-06-16 
Link
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