Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Avalon, NH
Trails: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Room at the Crawford Depot lot. Road striping on route 302 at the top of Crawford Notch delayed traffic. I think the work is almost complete. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings of Crawford Brook easy. A string of rocks lies across the lower crossing. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some downed trees just shy of the Mt Tom summit. Path to the Mt Tom south outlook is crowded by evergreen boughs. One tree across cascade loop that can be straddled. Re-route section of the A-Z trail is an improvement compared to the old route. The Mt Tom Spur trail has many improvements in recent years. The footing on the steep section of the Avalon Trail below Mt Avalon has been improved recently (last year?). 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Fine for dogs 
Bugs: Many black flies at the higher elevations when not moving. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Most of the pathway was damp due to yesterday's rain. However, I did not find the surfaces to be slippery. When you near the summit of Mt Tom there is a split with the trail to the right leads to the south outlook and the trail to the left leads to the summit (cairn). The path continues beyond cairn to provide a west view over the evergreens. Oddly, no gray jays at either Mt Tom or Mt Field.
Nice conversation with Jack from Acton ME between Tom and Field. Jack continued on to Mt Willey while I descended to Mt Avalon. About 10 people at the top of Mt Avalon around noon. Diverted off to cascade loop on descent and lingered at Pearl and Beecher cascades with their small chasms.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-23 
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