|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||West Field, NH|
||Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, December 16, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Highland Center parking lot, walked across train tracks to get to the trailhead. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||A few open crossings were made more difficult with snowshoes, but nothing terrible. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Fern crushed it today |
|Lost and Found:
||Avalon and A-Z are packed hard with a great track. Saw mostly spikes out there today. We opted for snowshoes in anticipation of bushwhacking.|
We generally followed the route described by Hockeypuck from 2016.
Descended on the A-Z trail from Tom Spur junction 0.4 miles to approximately 3050 feet elevation where the A-Z trail crossed an unmarked old cross country ski trial (GPS coordinates N44 12.072, W71 27.134). Took the ski trail and crossed a small stream to a small open field. Here the cross country ski trail went slightly left. We followed it briefly but spruce traps forced us to break into the thick woods. The dense spruce eventually gave way to open woods which continued for most of the accent until things got challenging about .25 miles below the peak. Walls of bent spruce supporting high drifts and a minefield of spruce traps slowed us to crawl — took 45 minutes to get through. Canister wouldn’t open, but we didn’t try too hard since it was getting late.
||Jon and Tom |
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.