Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH
Trails: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Crawford depot lot was empty when we arrived 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water level high but very crossable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Minor blowdowns 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Some crap on the trail- we saw no dogs hiking 
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Training hike for a group I am taking on a Single day Presidential traverse in June. Weather was glorious, blue skies, high 50s. Snow from the start of the trail; 3' deep by split with with A-Z trail, 5-6 feet deep on ridge. The snow was firm while ascending with postholes on either side of the trail but good footing underneath. As the day warmed up, snow became very slushy and slippery on descents as a result of the sun and melting. We saw lots of other hikers including a large group from Exeter Academy that was ill-prepared for footing issues, any change of weather, navigation, etc. Our group were all equiped with Microspikes, as were most others, although we saw two hikers with snowshoes and most of the Exeter kids were in sneakers. We had minor postholing only a few times but in the weeks to come, because of the snow depth and instability of the snow, I might recommend snow shoes. All in all, great hike.  
Name: Charlie Stewart 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-04-17 
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