Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Willey, NH
Trails: Ethan Pond Trail, Willey Range Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of vehicles in the lot at Willey House Station. The vehicles were parked alongside the access road. I elected to park in the small area beside route 302. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only small brooks to cross. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails had no obstructions. There are eroded sections on the Willey Range Trail. Herd paths around some of the worst eroded areas. Some of these bypass routes are showing signs of erosion. There has been much trail construction in the past to control erosion and provide good footing up the steepest of the slopes. The Ethan Pond caretaker indicated he was going to install a water bar and a step in one of the eroded spots. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Good if the dog is used to walking up log stairway. Otherwise consider the approach from the north. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I was originally going to hike Wildcat from Pinkham Notch be decided the forecasted winds would be a problem on the open ledges. I switched to a hike up Mt Willey to take advantage of the southeast approach letting the mountain mass block most of the northwest wind. I met hikers who experienced the force of the winds on Mt Webster and at Glen Boulder.
There was running water on parts of the trail due to the rains on Independence Day. Log steps are holding up well although there are signs of wear and tear. Great views to the north and east from the outlook just south of the Mt Willey summit. Walked down to the small rock outcrop just to the north of the summit to view the Twins, Bonds, and Franconia Range.
Lots of hikers out today. All were enjoying the day outside after yesterday's weather. Tried to feed an immature Gray Jay at the outlook but had no success.  
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-07-05 
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