This would be my first hike this season with my winter pack; I was curious how I would do. I left the car at 9 am and signed in. Based on those who signed in before me, nobody was heading to Snow mountain. Rooster Comb and the Great Range were their destinations; what a pleasant surprise! The trail follows along what used to be a small body of water near the high school. Presently it is almost dried up. Not sure if it has been drained for a reason or if it has been that dry. Just beyond the pond, the trail crosses over a footbridge. Then the trail begins the uphill climb navigating through switchbacks up to the first junction at around .7 miles, at which it then branches to Snow Mt on the left, or if you continue straight to Roostercomb and beyond to the Great Range.
The trail was pretty dry and easy to follow; any brooks I crossed over were either dried up or low. The hike was an easy, gradual incline with a few short, steeper sections.
The next trail junction was at 1.1 miles with a spur trail back to Rooster Comb or turns left towards Snow mountain and Saint Huberts. The Flume brook was shallow but provided an excellent spot for the pups to get a drink. From here it was a short .3 to the junction that takes you to Snow mountain to the left, or if you go right, it continues to Saint Hubert's. From this point, the remaining .5 miles to the summit of Snow mountain navigates through a short rock scramble just below the summit. Once above the scramble, it's partial-open and relatively flat, with views in almost every direction. I arrived at the summit around 11 am, and I had the summit to myself for about 30 minutes.
The start time was 9 am
Distance: 2.4 mi. to the summit
4.8 miles round trip
My average speed was 1.2 miles
Arrived back at the car 1:05 pm