Eight of us met at 9 AM at the Underhill Center commuter lot, and since everyone had good tires and AWD (to handle the sometimes slippery upper end of Stevensville Road) we did minimal carpooling on the last short leg to the trailhead.

It was sunny, but very cold (close to 0° F) a we started up Nebraska Notch Trail around 9:15. Most people wore microspikes, but the trail was mostly packed snow, with very little ice. Many of us carried snowshoes in case the Long Trail around the beaver ponds was drifted, as it often is, but that was also packed out and no one used snowshoes on the whole hike.

The first part of the trail was still in the shadow of the mountain, but we had sun for the rest of the hike after we crested the first climb before the trail levels out and turns left. We were hiking fast, and got to Taylor Lodge around 10:30, where we hung out for a while having lunch. We then headed back, reaching the cars around noon, with the temperature having climbed to a balmy 13° F or so. Great hike on a beautiful day.

Participants: Bamby Pierpont, Liz Robbins, Robynn Albert, Corey & Julie Paye, Liana Edwards, Susan Tobin, David Hathaway (leader). Photos: Robynn & David.