We met a little before 9 AM at the Waterbury park and ride lot, drove to the trailhead in David’s car, and were on the trail at 9:15. While not up to the 80 F temperatures of the day before, the weather was still quite warm, so much of the hike was done in short sleeves.
The lower part of the trail was completely free of snow, and mostly dry. When we reached the stream crossing, we started seeing snow, with the trail started becoming an intermittent stream bed, and very soon we were traveling mostly on snow. It was packed enough that no snowshoes were needed (which was good since we hadn’t brought any), but soft enough that crampons or microspikes were also not needed (though they might have been handy in a few icy spots). The actual summit was bare rock, with views in all directions, from Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, and Little River Reservoir nearby to the white-capped Whites of NH in the distance. The wind made it pretty cool, but we were able to get out of it behind some rocks to have lunch.
On the way down we started to take the side trail to White Rock, but it had not been packed as well as the trail to Mt. Hunger, so after post-holing through the surface packed snow a few times in the first couple hundred yards we decided to skip the side trip and headed back down. We had seen only one person on the way up, but passed several groups coming up as we headed down. We reached the car at about 12:45, for a 3.5 hour round trip.
Ann Miller, Bailey Greene (dog), trip leader: David Hathaway