|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, NH|
||Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, April 23, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked on roadside by the train depot. Just me at 7, Only a handful of vehicles when I left at noon. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||First bit crossing on Avalon was tricky, second was easy rock hop |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Few duck unders, step overs, go arounds. Nothing major |
||Didn’t see any. |
|Lost and Found:
||I knocked out Tom and Field yesterday morning. Avalon to A-Z, out and back on Tom Spur, Willey Range trail to Field and then down Avalon. The wind gusts were brutal up high but the blue skies and visibility were unreal. |
Hard packed monorail with maybe an inch of fresh powder down low. The first crossing on Avalon trail was a bit tricky but doable. Second one was an easier rock hop.
Snowshoes were an absolute must today: the fresh powder started getting deeper right before the junction of Avalon and A-Z trail. After that, the existing trail was all but invisible from the fresh snow & drifts. A misstep off the invisible mono without shoes and one could posthole right into the leading role of a Jules Verne story.
Tom Spur wasn’t as bad, just a few inches of powder.
Willey range trail was one big drift. I chased my tail a bit at the start trying to find the actual trail, so apologies to anyone following my figure 8 tracks in that spot. I was up to my shins in fresh snow even with snowshoes most of the way to Field. Very tiring, so I made the call to save Willey for another day: My legs were reminding me that it’s been two months since my last outing.
Social distancing was a success: I only saw one hiker making her way up Avalon Trail when I was on my way down from Field. We exchanged a quick hello from 6 feet, both made a labored breathing comment about not expecting so much powder then headed our own ways. I definitely appreciated having some tracks to follow down.
||Woodman Worldwide |
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.