|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Avalon, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Tom, NH|
||Avalon Trail, Avalon Spur, Willey Range Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, May 15, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||A few spots left early this morning, but the notch was packed by late morning.
Gale River Road and Zealand Road gates are OPEN. Haystack Road gate is still closed. |
||Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Avalon crossing 1 could be done on a log slightly upstream (water higher than normal). Avalon crossing 2 required getting feet wet. A-Z crossing 1 was fine, crossing 2 required stepping on a partially submerged rock. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Lots of unmitigated erosion/trail creep throughout, as well as herd paths forming in the woods around rough parts of trail. Not good. A few blowdowns on the Avalon Trail above the junction, including a large stepover prior to the col. |
||Minimal for now. |
|Lost and Found:
||Summer-like conditions down low with some wet slabs and minor to moderate muck. Patchy monorail around 3,000 feet on Avalon Trail, but generally minor to the summit of Avalon (one icy area in the shade on the spur). Barebooted this without issue.|
Avalon Trail from the col to Field had some stretches of monorail down low, becoming more consistent around 3,700 feet and full snowpack in the woods by 3,900 feet. Made it up barebooted, but would have at a minimum wanted spikes if I came down this way. Snowshoes would not be overkill on this side in warmer temperatures (temperatures dropped into the 40s down low overnight, but snow was softening as the sun hit it this morning). Very top of the peak is melted out.
Perhaps about 80% monorail from Field to Willey, with some of the steeper portions (somewhat south-facing) melted out, including the scramble. I played musical Microspikes for a few portions of the descent on Field, and then descending back from Willey. Top of Willey is also melted out.
Descending off Field toward Tom, the snowpack held on until around 3,800-3,900 feet in elevation, then monorail becoming increasingly patchy down to the junction with A-Z.
Some patchy monorail on the Mt. Tom Spur, but I was able to bareboot with caution without issue.
Descending A-Z from the Mt. Tom col, there was initially some patchy monorail, and then a pocket of full snowpack at the top crossing, but pretty much snow free below that point.
Some trout lily out down low, but otherwise not much in way of wildflowers. I think some of the prior locations for trailside wildflowers have been trampled from trail creep/social distancing.
Fairly busy trails later in the morning. Nice summer-like weather.
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.