Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Stark’s Nest, General Stark Mountain, Mt. Ellen, Cutts Peak, Nancy Hanks Peak, Lincoln Peak, Mt. Abraham, VT
Trails: Long Trail, Lincoln Gap Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Dropped off at App Gap - big parking area. Fancypants parked at the end of plowing on the east side of Lincoln Gap Road.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: This section of LT is much easier to follow than I’ve become accustomed to. Still, I referred to my GPS track a few times.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a few, including one naughty spaniel whom we guided back down Mt. Abe to his person after calling the phone number on his collar. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a dog on Mt. Abraham. See above. 
Comments: Long Trail, Lincoln Gap Road (east side)

Escaped the crazy to my happy place for a lovely stroll on the Long Trail from Appalachian Gap to Lincoln Gap.

With consolidated, crusty snow and lots of prior snowshoe and ski traffic, was able to spike the entire route this day. Almost felt like cheating to call this a winter hike, but as Miriam Underhill proclaimed so many years ago, “winter” is defined solely by the calendar.

After the first couple of miles with its intermittent very steep scrambles, the rest of this traverse is rather gentle undulations with frequent viewpoints and ski trail crossings of Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, and Sugarbush North. The ski areas are closed due to the pandemic; however, a couple of trails were groomed this day - one near the summit of Ellen, the other by Castlerock. Not sure what that was all about?

Met 5 skiers and 18 hikers today, everyone looking happy and keeping appropriate distances between themselves. We drove straight to/from trailheads without stopping.

This is my last LT section for this winter. I am at mile 120 with 150 to go next winter, god willing and the creek don’t rise...  
Name: Snowflea  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-03-19 
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