Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH
Trails: Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail, Ethan Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 12, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Had to park on road at Highland Center but not too far away. Lots of cars lining the road down to the Jackson Trailhead lot on my return around noon. Got picked up at Arethusa Falls lot where only a few cars were parked. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problems, small ice bridges still in place 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I cleared a number of small blowdowns, a few bigger ones left in place but easy to get around or under. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one dog summiting Field. I wouldn't recommend taking a dog if you plan to descend the eastern side towards Willey House. The steeps are intense but possibly doable for some dogs. 
Bugs: snow fleas everywhere! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: 1 black knit hat, 1 yak trac 
Comments: The trail from Highland Center all the way to Mt. Willey is brilliant right now. Hard packed surface made it easy to cruise up with just microspikes. Continuing on from Willey is another story, particularly right from the top as you start down. Loose, deep snow, with lots of postholes from previous barebooters, and softer conditions from the sun beating directly down on that side all morning. Snowshoes were in order for safety and efficiency. However, they did not keep me from sliding on my butt the majority of the way down. Crampons would not have been any help either. The ladder is snowed under and on either side of it is a straight down, steep, long, no traction whatsoever section that dictates holding your breath and just going for it, whether you want to or not, hoping you don't lose control and smash into a tree! So. Much. Fun! It continues like that for most of the way until you reach the junction for Ethan Pond and Zealand. The trail returns to hardpack and the shoes can come off if you must. Otherwise, good idea to keep them on to help smooth out the trail a bit more and eliminate any more post holes. It will be a difficult up climb from this way but doable with some extra effort. Otherwise, such a beautiful day to get that natural high! Happy hiking!  
Name: Gi Jo 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-03-12 
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