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: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: In the AMC lot at 6am just before sun-up, maybe 12 other cars. The lot was not full when we finished around 11:30 but cars were lining up 302 just the same! 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All much more frozen than 2 months ago, the second main crossing on the A-Z about .5mi in is flowing but easily hopable! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The packed trail skirted right around any downed branches, some pokey trees about head height heading from Tom to Field, trail narrows often in the col from Field to Willey - nothing terrible though! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Only our two which were on leash all day, slipped a bit on the descent, but they crushed all 10 miles! 
Bugs: Nothing yet! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Several gloves and trekking gear parts at the trail head, none on trail. Candy wrappers which I kindly picked up and packed out.  
Comments: We both rocked our new-ish Hillsound spikes all day - with the trail as rock solid as it is, there was NO reason for snowshoes - but I'd strongly bet after this storm Tuesday night into Wednesday that snowshoes will be back in fashion for a day or so to pack the trail back down. We were able to cruise fast up to Tom over to Field then to Willey and back down in 5hr 20minutes at a leisurely pace. It was fairly windy all around Field but we all warmed up considerably on the trek over to Willey as the clouds came in. Over all fantastic day, we had the trails to ourselves until we passed Avalon - four other hikers on the way out as they headed in. Off trail is a crust, some post holes (which were frozen rock solid) looked like folks got lost in some of them - ranging from boot to crotch depth post holes, which were all easily avoidable.  
Name: Erik Hamilton 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-02-13 
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