Section 30: Hazen’s Notch (West Side) to Jay Pass
On the Montgomery Side of Route 58, park before the end of the plowing to avoid a long walk on the road. Park near the last house on the north side of the road before the plowing ends. The trail runs on the uphill side of the house and should be visible from the road.
A section of the northern portion of the logging road has had a culvert removed. A short detour around the missing culvert will be required. After the detour the trail stays on the logging road.
This section offers a variety of conditions and terrain from nearly level groomed snowmobile trail and logging roads, to steep, narrow, twisting trail. Snow is usually reliably deep due to a northwest exposure. The ridge below Buchanan Mountain offers fine views of Jay Peak to the north and Burnt Mountain to the south. Possible bailout points are to Fisher Road and Rte. 242 to the west.
With its combination of a dead-flat middle portion and steep, twisting, ascents/descents at the north end and about two miles in from the south end, this section requires an intermediate to advanced level of skill. Metal-edged backcountry skis are essential. Bring skins in case conditions are icy.
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