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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Willey, Mt. Field, NH
Trails
Trails: Kedron Flume Trail, Ethan Pond Trail, Willey Range Trail, Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 27, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at both Willey House and Crawford Depot. Crawford Depot was a little slippery trying to get back up the hill onto 302, but if you have AWD/4WD, you’ll be fine.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily rock hopped.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple blowdowns to duck under, but nothing crazy. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Only saw one Aussie who seemed to be loving romping through the snow.  
Bugs
Bugs: Lol.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Couple random items at the big signboard at the bottom of A-Z. Also lost one of my snow baskets somewhere on A-Z. Who ever finds it in May, please let me know :p 
 
Comments
Comments: Well…that was a day! Winds were absolutely HOWLING in Crawford Notch yesterday morning. A good chunk of our crew called it at the parking lots, because it was rough down low. But, true to form, the worst winds in Crawford Notch were at the bottom. Once we got maybe 15 minutes into the trail, the winds died down substantially in the trees (though you could hear it roaring through the valley the entire time).

Kedron Flume did not have a lot of snow cover on it. Loose snow and slush over leaves for most of the trail. Made the sidehill sections tricky because there wasn’t much to grip.

No issue getting up the ladders to the summit of Willey. All powder and no ice on them, so that was a breeze.

WRT to Field was definitely the hardest part of the day. You could have used snowshoes for that whole 1.2 miles and it would not have been overkill. Soft powder with a good amount of drifting. Knee-deep in quite a few spots. From Field to the main steep section of Avalon, you also could have used shoes. After the A-Z junction, though, too bony for snowshoes.

Didn’t see any tracks coming up Ethan Pond before the KFT junction, did not see any tracks heading to Tom on WRT. Tracks up to Avalon, and tracks up A-Z to Tom.

Great day to play in some full-on REAL winter conditions!  
Name
Name: Chef 
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-11-28 
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