2 hrs 26 min
This is a moderate loop trail in Vermont.
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Mt. Mansfield (attempt)
Tough day. Was easy going, if slow due to pretty unrelenting steep climb. Quick 1/3-mile road walk led to LT that was well broken-out/packed mostly by skinners, up to the Hell Brook/Profanity trail junction area. Beyond that, faint snowshoe tracks led up to the col between Adams Apple and the Chin. At the col, lost any sight of the snowshoe track, but made it a little farther. Had trouble getting up one stretch that I believe was the trail, due to very deep drifted snow. Temp was -9F, but wind was relatively light (it appeared very strong on the other side of the mountain). Tried a couple other ways up, but stepped into more than a few spruce traps. This, combined with the temps, the fact that I was solo, and the likely difficulty ahead, led me to decide it best to come back another day, maybe with reinforcements...