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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Avalon, NH
Trails
Trails: A-Z Trail, Avalon Trail, Mt. Tom Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 6, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Black, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Limited and relatively easy rock-hopping, streams not particularly high. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The weather was windy early, but that died down as noon drew near. Clear pretty much all day.



The trails above 3000 feet were nicely packed out, and although traction was much improved with microspikes it could probably have been managed without -- at least along the ridgeline. The A-Z Trail was mostly composed of frozen mud and tight-packed snow.



The Avalon Trail, though -- especially the steeper segments -- was a sea of ice floes. Coming down, even with microspikes, I needed to skirt the trail edges or bushwhack around a half-dozen areas to maintain any traction at all.  
Name
Name: Mark D. 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kurukami@comcast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-11-07 
Link
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