|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH|
||Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, September 18, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking at the Highland Center and at the Macomber Family Information Center was plentiful. No worries. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The brook near the trailhead posed no issues with its crossing. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trail was in fine shape. Minor mud here and there, but nothing out of the ordinary. Brush is nicely trimmed, and the various sections of bog bridge are still in good shape. |
||Saw a couple of very happy pups having the best days of their lives. |
|Lost and Found:
||It was a fine day to be out on the trail. First thing, shuttled some AT hikers to the trailhead, and after that bit of trail magic, hit the trail itself. The way going was clean and clear, and with epic weather, a great day out was assured. The wildflowers are packing it in for the season, for sure, but there are still some wood asters to be seen nearly everywhere. Grey jays are building their stashes for the winter, and they'll happily accept nuts from your outstretched hand. (Five descended on me and gave me suspicious looks until I handed out the goods. They're masters at passive aggression.) |
Views are attenuated by steadily growing trees -- the bit in Dickerman and Smith's book about views lasting a few more years? Yeah, that was up a couple years ago, sadly. But if you bob your head around, they're still to be found. The green tunnel is incredibly verdant. Mosses are a lush green blanket over the landscape. And the sugar maples are quite red -- almost as if they're on fire.
Photos and a more detailed write up are on my blog.
||Protean Wanderer |
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.