Five of us converged on the Long Trail where it crosses Route 242, and crammed into a single car for the short drive up to the Route 105 starting point. Donning our snowshoes we soon hit the trail under very cold, though sunny skies.
The trail showed little use, with 12-18 inches of snow. Proceeding south we lost the trail at least half a dozen times, and relied on the signs of clipped branches and the occasional blaze to get us back on track. We finally lost it altogether near Doll Peak; we considered the alternatives, and if we would get out before dark. Continuing south we slabbed Doll Peak, bushwacking a mile to the Laura Woodward shelter, to pick it up again. After a quick lunch we struck out for Jay Peak, losing the trail a few more times before summiting. After the requisite photo op, we were pleased to find the descent packed down and very well blazed, and we were out with some daylight to spare. Cramming once again into a single car, up we went to get the second car. Everyone thought it was an awesome adventure.
Trip Leader: Darryl Smith
Attendees: Bruce Bushey, Marie-Christine Potvin, Mary Lou Recor and Tim Welsh. More Photos here!