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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Avalon, Mt. Field, Mt. Tom, NH
Trails
Trails: Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, A-Z Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Slush, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Two crossings of Crawford Brook were tricky, but do-able without getting too wet. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Many blowdowns and bendovers; Avalon Trail sign at jct with A-Z missing; Mt Avalon sign on broken tree just now emerging from snow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: There is no snow at the Highland Ctr, but snow begins as you enter the woods across the tracks. It alternates with mud and rocks until the second crossing of Crawford Brook at about 2500 ft. After that, the trail is all snow. It is soft, wet, slippery, easy to posthole. We donned snowshoes right after the second crossing and kept them on all day until we got back down to that point. The route is easy to lose in many places, but a common sense feeling for where the trail should be going will get you back onto it. The footing is tricky all the way because of soft, slippery conditions. If snowshoes are slipping downhill on the steepest downgrades of the A-Z it might be worth trying microspikes if you can carefully stay on the packed center of the trail. Some snowbridges are collapsed; the rest are sketchy.  
Name
Name: John Parsons 
E-Mail
E-Mail: jparsons627@hotmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-04-06 
Link
Link: http:// 
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