|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||West Field, Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Wiley, Mt. Avalon, NH|
||Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, bushwhack, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail, Avalon Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, March 4, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Crossings on trail were well ice bridged. I punched through on the bushwhack, but nothing too bad. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Some duck under blowdown on the Wiley Range tr. |
|Lost and Found:
||Avalon trail was hard packed to the A-Z junction. The A-Z to the col was soft and rough, so I went to snowshoes, which stayed on until the top of Avalon at the end of the hike. I continued on A-Z past the Wiley range tr. and descended until I had a view of West Field. I began a bushwhack to West Field, initially downhill and crossing some streams. The first bit was a little thick and the boughs were snow-loaded, but then things opened right up. There was new powder and I was sinking about 6" on each step. Very nice snowshoeing in open woods on the gentle north slope of West Field. Just before the top, I hit a short-lived thick section, then open woods to the recognized highpoint. I followed my tracks out. Following my tracks would provide very easy access to this peak right now. |
Having made good time, I went for Tom, Field, Wiley, and Avalon. It seems that people are not carrying snowshoes, a decision that turned one couple around short of Wiley, due to deep drifts. Someone ahead of me went to a lot of extra effort due to no snowshoes. I feel that my tracks did a lot to smooth things out. There were some good views on route as clouds came in and out.
I have not been doing much 4k hiking these days, but I do keep track and Wiley marked my 300th grid peak...a ways to go, with lots of other objectives taking priority.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.