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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Avalon, NH
Trails
Trails: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Willey Range Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Avalon Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 17, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty in the summer parking area to start, but tourists filled many by my return. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few small mud spots are about it. This is the first time Iíve been on these trails in high summer and they looked pretty good. In summer it seems hard to believe these trails were lost in places this past winter.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The mighty tough little dog had it pretty good despite the heat. Thereís lot of dipping streams in the lower elevations and on top I soaked his back several times after he drank his fill from a bowl. Iíd bring water for the dog if you do the ridge. Most of the trails are shaded, easy on the paws, and the slopes modest. Plenty of jerky and treats too make for a happy pupper. Pepper got to meet another mini schnauzer named Pepper although this one was maybe a third of Pepperís bulk/weight and cute as a puppy. Pepper liked being the big dog. 
Bugs
Bugs: 2 deerflies on Willey, and they kept a low profile when the dragonfly dinner party showed up. Go dragonflies! Otherwise zilch. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We had lots of solitude for such popular trails. We didnít run into anybody until Tom where we enjoyed meeting up again with Charlie and Nancy, 4 season hikers, who were heading over to bushwhack Whitewall (I think). Saw a young guy wearing what looked like gloves for the feet, with thin Vibram rubber along the bottom, airy cloth on top, and separated toes. No socks. I was surprised; Pepper wasnít. Low 70s on top and up there the humidity wasnít too bad. Views were hazy. No signs of the T storms but we were done early. Nice hike for a hot day with a formerly little and now jumbo mini black dog.  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-07-17 
Link
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