|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH|
||Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, November 17, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||US 302 was lined with vehicles. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Lower crossing is snow bridged (a booter managed to break through, but snowshoes provided adequate flotation). Second crossing is open, but hoppable. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Some blowdowns, but all are just about at or below the snow line. |
|Lost and Found:
||I wore snowshoes roundtrip and was glad I had them. About 75% of the hikers I encountered had snowshoes. Unless we get a sizable warm up, winter conditions are here in the higher elevations.|
Avalon Trail up to the A-Z junction is bootpacked. A few slush pits around waterbars.
A little bony in the more eroded parts of the climb up to Avalon, but snowshoes still preferable. Above Avalon, snowshoes were very much needed, as the snowpack is multiple feet deep. A few booters left some nice postholes for us to all enjoy.
The scrambles off the back side of Field are currently filling in with snow. A good snowshoe track was packed between Field and Willey (some active drifting), but a group of blue jean wearing booters were postholing there way to Willey later this afternoon. Who knows how bad this will look in the morning.
Didn't bother to head over to Tom, in part because I heard it bad been postholed. Some snowshoers emerged from the Ethan Pond side of the Willey Range Trail on Willey and said it was pretty tough going.
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.