Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH
Trails: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Willey Range Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: water is running high. Both the 2nd & 3rd crossing up the Avalon trail were tricky. We saw one lesser equipped pair turn back from the 2nd crossing. Some careful rocking hopping and we were able to cross. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: a few leaners and blow downs to work around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: one tired but still smiling Bermese Mountain dog on the trail today 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: a few small items at the kiosk near the start of Avalon including a pair of glasses. 
Comments: The trails are extremely variable right now, mud down low, deep snow up high. The monorail is like walking a tight rope in some sections. We were doing fine in trail spikes from 1 mile in on Avalon up to the last crossing of Crawford Brook. We followed a set of tracks off trail that dead ended. But were so close to the ridge I figured we could bushwack back to the A-Z trail. Instead we ended up crossing the trail without realizing it and continuing to bushwack almost to the top of Mt. Field. Once back on the trail we continued to Willey. The ridge is often unstable snow pack right now. The monorail is extremely narrow in many places and the snow pack is still deep on the sides. Lots of 3-4' deep post holes on either side of the monorail. We kept snowshoes on for a while, but the narrowness of the rail made them more a danger than a help. Avalon trail down was better but also has a narrow monorail in several places and deep post holes. Tis the season to take your time and prepare for tough conditions. Still a good day out in the mountains.  
Name: Pappa Carl 
E-Mail: ringcycles AT 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-04 
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