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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH
Trails
Trails: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 24, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: In the morning, temps were below freezing so water crossings were slippery, return trip, crossings were fine 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I do this trip regularly as a training hike for an annual one-day presidential traverse in June, and this Sunday presented some of the iciest conditions I have ever seen on Avalon. The trip up to Tom required traction, but then on the ridge, out and back to Tom and then over to Field and Willey, the trails were not too bad at all and one could almost bare-boot. There was some post-holing if one got off the trail between Field and Willey, but the monorail got slushy as the sun warmed it a bit and we all stayed on the trail. Coming down Avalon trail was an entirely different matter. The ice was heavy, thick, and unending and even with microspikes, we had many slips and falls in our group. By the time the trail met the A-Z trail again, the ice was behind us and we finished the hike in sunshine and muddy conditions.  
Name
Name: Charles Stewart 
E-Mail
E-Mail: Charles_stewart@earthloink.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-04-25 
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