Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jackson, Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH
Trails: Webster Cliff Trail, Webster-Jackson Trail, Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail, Ethan Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, November 21, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the beginning of the Ethan Pond road as the road was a little slippery and made no sense to drive up anyway as I was walking a loop.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only minor streams on this route. All step-overs. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is one new blowdown midway up Webster Cliff. There are also 3 new blowdowns between Field and Willey where the large blowdowns occurred a few winters ago. All are crawl-overs.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Jack and Andy enjoy winter weather. They were a little sketched out by the strong winds coming across Webster. Gusts were in the 50-55 mph range. They did fine on the icy ledges as I had them walk behind and close to me in the hazard areas, but I would not recommend this route for inexperienced puppies.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I haven't posted since last spring as there is little to say about summer conditions. But with the winter fast approaching it's time to share the information. Webster Cliff was the only real adventure today. The first mile was crusty snow that was perfect for spikes. The upper section of trail is icy in spots and the snow increased from an inch at the trailhead to 3-4 inches on the ridge. There were some ice sheets on the exposed ledges that required great care but microspikes worked fine. It was the high winds that were the bigger issue. Webster-Jackson was fine but the several inches of snow only hid the ankle breakers. The west side of 302 was a whole different story. Very little wind until the ridge between Field and Willey. There was just enough snow to make microspikes the necessary equipment. No one had been on the south side of Willey. The ladders are a little slick but not a problem if you take some time. Jack ran down them without a problem and Andy did the bushwhack. It was a cold day for November but we had a great hike on this excellent loop. 428/576  
Name: RJW & dogs 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-11-21 
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