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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Avalon, NH
Trails
Trails: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail, Ethan Pond Trail, Kedron Flume Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crawford Brook easily crossed by rock hopping. Expect lots of mud and water on the trails. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Very easy to lose the trail after the Crawford Brook crossing. I met a couple other folks who got off trail at that point like I did. A few blazes would probably solve the problem. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Snow fleas on the ridge and a few mosquitoes on the ascent/descent in muddy areas, but didn't get bit 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I got off trail right after the Crawford Brook crossing and spent a good hour bushwhacking, following others' lost snowshoe tracks, and postholing through 2-3' of snow until finally coming across some stable monorail again, where I put on my spikes. The Avalon monorail was pretty mushy, making for a slow ascent. Things solidified on A-Z. Monorail was intermittent but solid and/or easy to walk next to all the way up to Tom. Willey Ridge was nice and firm due to the freezing temps, but I still fell into a few waist-deep spruce traps. A couple I met with snowshoes also had a rough time with the conditions and turned back at Field. I decided to go to Willey and then descend via Ethan/Kendron. The ladders were fully melted out and easy to descend, but some steep, slushy monorail slowed me down significantly. Finally took my spikes off on Kendron and roadwalked ~3 miles back to the Avalon trailhead. Overall, a fun but tiring day!  
Name
Name: David R 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-13 
Link
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