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: Friday, January 1, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Very crowded but I found my 'secret parking spot' hiding in plain sight right across the road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: First crossing bridged with ice for easy crossing; second one very easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Avalon trail was icy up to the A-Z junction but the rest of the trails were firm & fast. This will change tonight with up to a foot of snow on the way! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Lots of furry pals so I'm glad I brought treats with me. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: If every day were like this, I could complete the Winter 48 in 6 weeks! But the snow is coming so winter will be back this weekend. The entire 9.8 mile loop over Avalon, Field, Willey & Tom was as firm and fast as any winter hike in recent years. Despite very crowded trails and the steep & icy sections I was able to complete the loop in just under 3:50 (no running). The last time I did this loop (in snowshoes all the way) there was 14" of unbroken wet snow on the Willey Range Trail... what a difference! This marks summits 7, 8 & 9 in my attempt to do the single-season Winter 48. Not bad for the first week+! I hope to see some of the same people on the trails as the days grow longer and the hikes get more difficult & more remote. Up next? Let's see what the snow has to say.  
Name: Bob H 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-01 
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