|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Tom, NH|
||Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, A-Z Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 12, 2011|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||lots of plowed parking at highland center. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||first snowbridged water crossing on avalon blown open a bit, but still easily crossed. second crossing wide open and an easy rock hop. crossing on a-z still solidly snowbridged. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||one blowdown on willey range trail between field and willey. |
|Lost and Found:
||initially had a few big groups ahead of me packing out avalon. at junction i continued on avalon and broke out to willey. on average 4-6 inches of new snow with crust on top. generally enough to make the previous snowshoe trough non-existent. some deeper sections with drifting in spots. once back at field the trail was broken and had a nice track all the way to tom. on descent a-z was chewed up and postholed a bit by bareboots, but generally alright. cascade loop trail was unbroken and provided some neat looks at the river breaking free of the snow. both cascades running well with beecher particularly neat running behind a wall of snow and ice. |
wore snowshoes the whole hike. with the current warm conditions the trail is too soft for bareboots even after being packed out.
nice willey range day. really warm until some elevation was gained and then nice and cool with a bit of wind. lots of crust breaking which proved to be a workout. snow is piled in nicely up high providing lots of winter only views. great to be out.
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