Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Willey, NH
Trails: Ethan Pond Trail, Willey Range Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 27, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: A fee is requested at the Willey House Station parking. The access road has been patched up so it is a smooth ride. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossing of Kedron Brook easy 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Ethan Pond Trail in good condition. One 12"+ evergreen uprooted and across the Willey Range Trail downhill a short distance down from the outlook (south face). A herd path through the adjacent woods gets around this obstacle. Erosion of Willey Range Trail with many new work arounds to the side of the official trail. Rock steps in some of these steep sections could reduce the erosion problem. The series of wood staircase (ladders) show wear but are secure at this time. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one dog easily mastering the wood staircase. Some dogs may not like the staircase. 
Bugs: A few. Not too bad. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Choose a short hike today. The route up Mt Willey's south ridge is short but steep with rough footing. There are a lot of loose small rocks on the pathway that could pose a problem. Hikers who are squeamish with heights may prefer to descend the staircase like a fire ladder rather than walking straight down. Not much water on the trail today. When conditions are wet or icy it is easier to approach Mt Willey from Mt Field. The summit is marked by a cairn with no views. There are two lookouts on both sides of the summit. The outlook just to the south of the summit allows for an expansive view from Mt Jefferson to Mt Carrigain. The north/west outlook (ledges on the trail) provides a view from Mt Carrigain across the Pemigewasset Wilderness to the Bonds and Twins.
Many hikers on the trail today. Met Sara who is close to completing all 48 peaks during June 2020. Saw a cluster of very pink Lady Slipper's down low on the Willey Range Trail.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-27 
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