|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH|
||Ethan Pond Trail, Thoreau Falls Trail, Zealand Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, August 23, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking at Willey House Station via a short access road from route 302. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Crossing of North Fork on the Ethan Pond Trail is bridged. All other crossings were easy |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Two small trees down on Ethan Pond Trail between jct with Willey Range and Ethan Pond. East to step over.
One tree across A-Z trail at foot of ascent up to Field-Tom col. Duck or swing under. About a foot in diameter.
Two tree falls together on Willey Ridge Trail between Mt Field and Mt Willey. Step on and over. About 8" to 12" diameter each.
Willey Range Trail a mess on steep section on south approach to Mt Willey. Eroded sections with by-pass that are destroying terrain to the side of the established trail. Loose rocks in places. The trail should be shored up or re-routed to avoid erosion and improve footing.
The stairs in the steep section of Willey Range are worn but still solid. |
||Saw some dogs. One was a growler. Another couldn't complete the hike up the steep section of Willey Range. The owners of another dog were unsure of whether their dog could ascend the ledges on the Zeacliff Trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||The hike included visits to Ethan Pond, Thoreau Falls, Zealand Notch, Zealand Pond, and the summits of Tom, Field, and Willey. Lots of mud and puddles on the trails due to Wednesday's rain. Plenty of bog bridges, stones, roots, and logs to avoid sinking in the mud and water. Fed the gray jays on Mt Tom. |
||WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com |
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.