|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bromley Mountain, VT|
||Mad Tom Notch Road, Long Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, February 12, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dropped off at Mad Tom Notch winter parking, a large plowed turnaround that is legal parking, one mile east of LT/AT crossing. Finished at Rt. 11/30 parking which is mainly a snowmobilers’ parking lot in winter. There were a dozen trucks w/trailers there, so the large lot was quite full. Might want to arrive early in order to snag a spot and also park wisely so as not to get boxed in. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Bridged. Although one is a narrow I-beam bridge that is tricky in snowshoes. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Long Trail from Mad Tom Notch to Bromley summit is very difficult to follow right now due to snow-laden saplings and branches, a few blowdowns, and hard-to-find white blazes. |
||It was below zero with deep snow. Know your dog’s abilities. |
|Lost and Found:
||Used my next section of the LT southbound as a sort of reconnaissance hike to determine snow depths in the southern part of the state. Because I knew I’d be breaking trail, Fancypants let me wear his bigger Tubbs snowshoes which floated marvelously. :)|
Last time I finished my hike at Mad Tom Notch (January 13), we were able to drive all the way to the Trail crossing. Not so now. Had to park at the winter lot about a mile east and walk up the snowmobiled road. Once on the LT, I followed an old snowshoe track now & then, but there was a lot of wandering and I preferred to find my own trail. There were A LOT of bent over, snow-laden saplings and branches, a few blowdowns, and old faded (white-haha) blazes making staying on trail a challenge. GPS track to the rescue.
Happy to reach the summit of Bromley and lots of skiers, and shortly thereafter Fancypants, who hiked up to meet me. The 3 miles from Bromley to the finish were more traveled, with a few barebooter holes (boo). We smoothed it out to a beautiful snowshoe track.
55 miles to go...
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.