Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH
Trails: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, April 18, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parking at Depot is now clear of snow. There were about 6 cars when I came in. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crawford Brook crossings are open but the water level is still low. Easy to rockhop across 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No blowdowns, just some lean-ins and branches in your face higher up on the trails. Surprised the trail hasn't seen more use. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Easy trails for dogs. In warming conditions might punch through. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The trails had a soft crust of about 2 to 3 inches above the packed trail with a dusting of new snow from last night. The only marks on the trails were from barebooters. I followed a set of fresh tracks to jct. with the A-Z trail. No evidence of recent travel up Avalon, so I followed the fresh tracks up to Mt. Tom. There met Greg from Boston. The last 100 yards to the summit led straight up. On the way down I stayed on the trail. On the Willey Range trail the boot marks left occasionally the true trail. I tried to stay on the trail and was followed by Greg. The only confusing section is about 0.3 mile from Willey. There were no signs of a used trail, the marks from previous hikers had left the trail bearing left at the knob between Field and Willey and apparently never made it to Mt. Willey. After a minute I found the corridor turning right (west). On the return trip down Avalon trail I followed again the boot marks, which were bearing right where the spur trail goes up to Mt. Avalon and followed down a gulley, while the true trail stays above the gulley and bears left as one starts down the steep section. I put branches across their tracks and followed the regular trail down to the jct. with the A-Z trail. I used microspikes for most of the hike and put on snowshoes on the softening trail portion along the Crawford brook on the way out to the car.  
Name: Georg 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-04-18 
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