|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Tom, NH|
||Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, December 24, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Avalon Trail crossings were mostly ice bridged with a few boot sized holes. A-Z Trail crossings were relatively minor. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Some larger stepover/hurdle over/duckunders on Willey Range and Mt. Tom Spur. |
|Lost and Found:
||Snowshoes roundtrip. Mt. Tom on its own could be spiked, however there was enough drifting on the ridge that I was glad to have snowshoes.|
About a foot of snowpack down low. Good snowshoeing conditions except between the two lower crossings (a little bony, but not enough to take off the snowshoes).
The Avalon steeps had some ice exposed by buttsliders, but was okay. Snowpack increased to two to three feet higher up, as some postholes revealed.
Very little traffic on Willey Range Trail to Willey or to A-Z. Some active drifting in places, as well as collections of postholes where barebooters lost the drifted-over footbed. The steeps on the back side of Field had some blue ice, but could be descended with care with snowshoes (better traction than spikes).
Noted tracks on Willey Range heading off Willey, as well as A-Z heading to Zealand.
Mt. Tom Spur also had some blue ice in the quasi-scramble, though one could snowshoe around it.
Nice afternoon/early evening weather with sunny skies, temperatures not overly cold, and only a few folks out and about.
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.