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Old 01-30-2017, 11:29 AM   #1
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Mr. Van to Hi-Notch

Anyone have any recent info on stream crossings? Anyone know the condition of the trail---has it been skied out as of January 28?

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Old 02-01-2017, 11:34 AM   #2
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I inquired at the HPIC(right now at the parking lot booth) when I was considering Mr. Van on Monday, 1/30. No one had checked the trail out, but the consensus is that the stream crossings are not passable. My guess is that it will take quite a bit of consistent below freezing temps before things firm up enough
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Old 02-01-2017, 01:12 PM   #3
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Along similar lines, it's been a while since I've been on the Klondike Notch trail - was the bridge over South Meadow brook ever replaced? (The one that was only a few hundred yards from the parking area.) Any info would be appreciated!

Oh - Nutmeg Creeker - you mean the renovations to the HPIC still aren't finished? Thought it was supposed to be "late December"!
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Old 02-01-2017, 02:28 PM   #4
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Here's what I got from an email source:

I think there is currently the best cover I've even seen on Mr. Van. From the south meadow rd to the leanto, there is just the one monster cherry that is easily skirted on the uphill side. Go upstream from the leanto a short distance to easily cross the brook (do not attempt to tightrope across the log as some snowshoers have done). The only troublesome areas are encountered very soon however in the thick stand of balsams/spruce just after the brook: 2 large blowdowns. if you're headed in tomorrow, perhaps you could clear a few branches here and there with a small axe or pruner to facilitate those detours - thick as dog hair in there! the uphill to Hi Notch is all clear - we made the first tracks there so it would help if it was skied (snowplowing down it today would have been tough).
While I'm at it, I'll give my report on the Klondike Notch trail from So. meadow to the leanto (broke trail on that yesterday): Pretty much great cover, except for a few hollows where the trail has eroded or there was some open drainage. However, the last 1/2 mile to the leanto has some small streams (6?) with open water that need to be sidestepped, one with especially steep banks. Worth the trip though! Trail from the leanto towards JBL had been broken out well by snowshoers.
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Old 02-02-2017, 12:08 AM   #5
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Oh - Nutmeg Creeker - you mean the renovations to the HPIC still aren't finished? Thought it was supposed to be "late December"!
They are still "in progress."
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Along similar lines, it's been a while since I've been on the Klondike Notch trail - was the bridge over South Meadow brook ever replaced? (The one that was only a few hundred yards from the parking area.) Any info would be appreciated!
Yes, the bridge has been replaced.
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:59 AM   #7
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As of yesterday, the two trees across the brook from the lean-to have been cleared. If starting from the Loj, the crossing of Marcy Brook is tricky but definitely doable.
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:02 PM   #8
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Old thread, but for info, I was up at Hi Notch today from the ski center side. Trail is packed as a snowshoe trail. Skiing is pretty poor; basically hard ice on the trail, firm crust off the trail.
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