Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Carrigain, Mt. Willey, Mt. Field, Mt. Tom, NH
Trails: Signal Ridge Trail, Desolation Trail, Carrigain Notch Trail, Shoal Pond Trail, Ethan Pond Trail, Willey Range Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, A-Z Trail, Avalon Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: One car at Signal Ridge TH, one at Crawfords. No issues. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water levels are pretty low. Although there were numerous water crossings, they were all easy rock hops, even the one at Stillwater Jct. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Most trails are in good shape. Desolation was better than expected, with only a few smaller blowdowns on the lower half. Shoal Pond Trail--in designated Wilderness--wasn't as bad as anticipated. There are a lot of blowdowns, but almost all were of the stopover variety. The trail was not overgrown and was easy to follow. Looks like the Trail Crew has been over Ethan Pond, Willey Range, A-Z, Mt. Tom Spur, and Avalon Trails: ALL blowdowns have been cleared, and all waterbars cleaned. Thank you very much!! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Mosquitoes were bad at Signal Ridge TH, black flies here & there--bad enough that we resorted to Jungle Juice. Ick. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Carrigain to WTF had been on my to-do list for awhile. Was a nice long route. Love the Desolation Trail, especially once it hits the old logging road! The 0.8 mile stretch of Carrigain Notch Trail was lovely. Shoal Pond... it had been too long. Think I last traversed this trail ~20 years ago on skis, so it all seemed new! We found ONE bunch of six pale pink lady slippers on Shoal Pond Trail. That's it. Lots of moose sign on that trail! There were some muddy spots, but it was easy to keep our feet dry.

FP was not amused with the 1600 foot ascent of Mt. Willey in 1.1 miles at this particular point in the hike! The ladder section always impresses. There is NO ICE left anywhere on this route. As mentioned above, looks like the Trail Crew went through recently, so all blowdowns have been hacked away--yay.

Thanks to FP for indulging my death marches. I highly recommend this route, but it might be easier in the opposite direction. :)  
Name: Snow flea & FP 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-06-02 
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