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Old 03-17-2010, 06:56 AM
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My family was planning to visit Stowe, Vermont in May. What are the typical weather conditions in terms of temps and rain? We are interested in hiking and biking. THANKS!
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:03 AM
 
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Have you ever stepped into a mud hole and had it take your boot right off while you were walking and then you fell over after a failed attempt to maintain your balance?
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Yikes!

I haven't found May to be that bad mud-wise, but I am further south. The mud season is over and the black flies have moved in. I will leave it for the board members in the Stowe area to give you the best possible answers.
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Western views of Mansfield/Camels Hump!
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We typically head up there in spring to get our deck chairs out and to start some planting...last year, we were up there in mid-April, and while it was a bit muddy, it wasn't horrible. There are times we've gone up on Memorial Day weekend to 30 degree weather.

Considering how little snow there was this year and how much warmer it's been, I think you'll be fine. We were up there last weekend and Stowe was already more mud than snow.
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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It's possible it'll be real muddy if we get a lot of rain. It's pretty well impossible to predict though. Some hiking trails can be muddy regardless of the weather being dry.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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A couple years ago, we stayed in Stowe in early June and it was only muddy because a huge rain storm had blown through. It cooled the temps down from 90+ to the mid 70's.

The coolest (no pun intended) part of the 90+ degree day was driving through Smugglers' Notch and stopping to check it out. There were a bunch of rocks near the little parking area on the side of the mountain that acted as an air conditioner. It was really nice to cool off by them.

The last day of that trip, we drove up the Mount Mansfield toll road and it wasn't muddy at all. There was a little bit of mud on some of the trails at the summit, but nothing crazy.
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Manchester Center, VT
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The Green Mountain Club who is responsible for maintaining the Long Trail and side trails asks hikers to stay off the treadway until Memorial Day. Trails are going to be muddy in April and May in Vermont. It takes alot of hard work to maintain the Long Trail. Please honor their request !!!!

Here is the GMC website clarifying their position:

Mud Season Hikes - Green Mountain Club - Long Trail, Vermont, Hiking, Vermont Hiking

By the way, the Long Trail is 100 years old this year !!!!!!
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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A couple years ago, we stayed in Stowe in early June and it was only muddy because a huge rain storm had blown through. It cooled the temps down from 90+ to the mid 70's.

The coolest (no pun intended) part of the 90+ degree day was driving through Smugglers' Notch and stopping to check it out. There were a bunch of rocks near the little parking area on the side of the mountain that acted as an air conditioner. It was really nice to cool off by them.

The last day of that trip, we drove up the Mount Mansfield toll road and it wasn't muddy at all. There was a little bit of mud on some of the trails at the summit, but nothing crazy.
That had to be in 2008. A movie (Moonlight and Mistletoe -- Hallmark Channel) was being filmed in our town around May/June. There was a call for extras, asking that they come dressed as they would for a typical winter day -- coats, hats, scarves, mittens, boots, etc. It was stifling hot -- in the 90's.
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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That had to be in 2008. A movie (Moonlight and Mistletoe -- Hallmark Channel) was being filmed in our town around May/June. There was a call for extras, asking that they come dressed as they would for a typical winter day -- coats, hats, scarves, mittens, boots, etc. It was stifling hot -- in the 90's.
That's exactly when it was. It was such a bizarre time. The first 2 days it was 90+ and on the second day we had heard there were tornado warnings for the whole state. Eating lunch at the Shed in Stowe, the storm came over from NY. We were in the glass room and trees were bending sideways in the wind. It got really scary and the power went out right after our food was delivered. Got back to our hotel in the torrential downpour, borrowed a lantern from the owner, took a nap, and the power was back when we woke up. The rest of the week it was in the 70's and gorgeous.
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Connecticut, USA
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I will be in the NEK in late May and was wondering about bug conditions. I know there are May flies and Black flies, but I don't know when they show up (though logically the May flies would be in May).

Any info regarding bugs, and any other advice you may have regarding the area, will be appreciated. And thanks in advance.
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