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Old 12-30-2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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Brown Mountain - Tongue Mtn Range 12/30/12

We hiked to the summit of Brown Mountain. I had hoped to make it to the Five Mile Mountain Shelter, but we broke trail from the Deer Leap trail junction to the top and decided to turn around. It was a windy, cold day. Snow conditions were excellent, about 18" of loose snow with some deeper drifts. There were lots of small wet spots near the trailhead. Easy to avoid, but things have not really frozen up yet. The parking area is not yet plowed from the storm on Saturday. I had to shovel to get my car off of the road. I noticed on the way up that the Clay Meadow Trailhead was well plowed. We saw the ranger at the trailhead and a skier coming up when we were headed down, but nobody else all afternoon. Great day to be out, beautiful conditions. No rattlesnakes to be seen!

Near Brown Mountain Summit

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Old 12-30-2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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This is always a good SS trip. It's too bads that they no longer plow the northern TH. Can it cost that much?

It's too bad you didn't get to the LT, you were most of the way there! But, leaving it for another day isn't a bad way to go, either.

The snakes are smart, they're home watching football and drinking beer!
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:00 PM   #3
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It looks like it was plowed from the storm on Thursday, just not the most recent snow. There was one car that drove in; I was worried that I would get stuck.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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For anyone not familiar with this area the following link will display an interactive topo map. The map is centered near the Five Mile Mtn shelter.

http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap...4&hillshade=18

Joseph, the Gmap4 guy
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:49 PM   #5
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It looks like it was plowed from the storm on Thursday, just not the most recent snow. There was one car that drove in; I was worried that I would get stuck.
Good to know. I went a couple of years ago with a frined and we were going to to a one-way SS along Five Mile to Clay Meadow. The Fivemile lot hadn't been plowed all winter. We ended up doing fifth Peak from Caly & back. Still a good day, but not what we planned.

I think my favorite part of that trip is the Red Pine forest just south of the LT.
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