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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Willey, Mt. Field, Mt. Avalon, NH
Trails
Trails: Ethan Pond Trail, Willey Range Trail, Avalon Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 29, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The road up to the parking lot for Ethan Pond trailhead was blocked with a small snowbank - some trucks were driving around it and tearing up the ground a lot - can't figure out how the Subaru Outback that was parked up top got through the deep mud. Plenty of parking space at 302 at base of road and only a short walk to trailhead. Probably drivable by now though. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Two crossings on the Highland Center end were rather wide - our feet got wet - all snow bridges melted. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Unimpressed with trail markings between Willey and Field but we were able to navigate. The trail is lightly traveled this time of year. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Black flies down low. Not bad. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: picked up lots of trash, anybody want it?  
 
Comments
Comments: This hike was exhausting - LOTS of post-holing on the steep ascent up Willey - I don't enjoy hiking with snowshoes, but probably would if I did this over again. Excellent views of the Presidentials. I'm not impressed with the trail signs but we should have payed closer attention to our map before leaving the car - We intended on bagging Mt. Tom but turned onto the trail to Mt. Avalon instead of bearing Left on the A-Z Trail. Views were nice from Avalon - some friendly birds up there. Steep descent. Left my Mtn. Bike at Highland Ctr for a 4 mile downhill ride back to the car - highly recommended.  
Name
Name: Ryan Dickson 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rsdickson@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-05-01 
Link
Link: http:// 
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