|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Tom, NH|
||Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, April 9, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The first river crossing on the Avalon Trail proved difficult on the way up as there was significant ice covering most of the rocks. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Both the Avalon and A-Z Trails up to the spur trail were covered in ice. Microspikes were a MUST. I heard from other heading down that the Avalon trail after it meets the A-Z was much worse. Some folks had to turn around - one hiker said she saw another hiker take a scary slip while wearing crampons. |
The slope following the brook crossing right after the A-Z Trail picks up was very challenging. Very steep and very icy. We were able to navigate it going up (mostly by tree hugging) but found an alternative way on the way down. We followed what looked like footprints to the left of the trail right at the top of slope (going down). The spur trail was icy as well but easier due to its grade. I actually broke a hiking pole on a slip on a icy patch! Plenty of Grey Jays kept us company when we were up there.
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.