Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Avalon, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Tom, NH
Trails: Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 24, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked at the train depot. I was the first to arrive. Lots of cars when I returned but still some open spots available. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: a couple were easy to hop over. One was a little sketchy given how fast the stream was running due to spring runoff. After scouting both upstream and downstream, the only crossing without wading through the water was a couple of young trees spanning the distance. It worked, but these trees were only about 3 to 4 inches diameter so they were kinda flexible. :) 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: good shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: only bugs were some black flies at the top of Mt. Field -- the large buzzing kind, not the small biting kind. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Such a nice day to be communing with Nature. Blue skies, nice temperatures, minimal wind, etc etc. Really great conditions for hiking.

Some nice pics today. I share a view from Mt. Willey at the link below.

It's surprising how the conditions change during the hike -- both by elevation and by time of day. The lower elevations are basically dry trails, and the upper elevations are still completely snow covered. Above 3000 ft elevation higher and under the trees there is still lots of snow.
An uninterrupted monorail began just below the junction between Avalon and A-Z trails. It was quite solid early this morning, but as the day got warmer it became very soft and footing was challenging even with microspikes. Very slippery footing in the afternoon -- probably worse for descending than for ascending.  
Name: dacomp5 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-24 
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