Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Avalon, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Tom, NH
Trails: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail, Cascade Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, July 7, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Crawford Depot. Macomber rest rooms were closed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy rock hops or walk on logs. Water levels low. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Most tree falls on trail are easy to get by. One small spruce on Avalon above jct with A-Z is about 4' above surface. Can be cut with small saw. Large (~18" dia) evergreen down on A-Z trail. Some branches cut off and a small birch under the big evergreen has been cut out. Currently this is a duck under. A 6" diameter evergreen across Cascade Loop Trail near Beecher Falls about 4 ft above ground. Some trimming of evergreen boughs on Willey Range on south side of Mt Field. Pathway is visible but after a rain these branches will soak hikers. Badly eroded section on south side of Mt Field with worst spot a gouged out surface with many exposed roots. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Fine for dogs 
Bugs: Not many. No bites today. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I recommend the Avalon Trail for the ascent to the Willey Ridge Trail as it is steep in spots while the descent is easiest on the less steep A-Z Trail. The footing has been improved on the steep sections of the Avalon Trail in recent years. Some mud here and there especially on the Avalon Trail near Crawford Brook. None of the mud is boot sucking.
The most expansive views are from Mt Avalon while the Willey outlook just south of the summit provides views from a higher perch.
Trees limit the views on Mt Tom. A cairn marks the summit of Mt Tom.
Had to pick up wrappers of Cliff bars in two spots on the A-Z trail. Hopefully it was inadvertently dropped trash.
Many hikers out today including two five year old girls.
Saw lots of Bunchberry, some Bluebead Lily, and a couple of Wood Sorrel. Lots of wildflowers in the fields surrounding the Highland Center.
The Cascade Loop Trail is worth the short diversion from the Avalon Trail to view two waterfalls. The Pearl Fall is best seen from rocks in the Crawford Brook.
Gray Jays were on Mt Field.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-07-07 
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