|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Tom, NH|
||Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, May 4, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking lot at Crawford Depot is open, bathrooms are not. |
||Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Both were pretty easy to cross. First one was hoppable. I used one rock that was about an inch submerged, my husband didn’t. Second one has a convenient forked tree down that you can use by grabbing the trunk like a handrail and using the forked branch to side step across. There’s video footage of us crossing this in my link below. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Blowdowns: A large tree on Avalon between the Cascade Loop entrances. A new annoying fir tree on the Tom Spur. A few others along the way to Willey from Field, nothing major that I recall. |
|Lost and Found:
||Water crossings were easily done, yay! Bareboots until around 2700’, then spikes.|
The new snow got deep enough for snowshoes along the Willey Range Trail, but spikes were fine, too. A lone snowshoer hit Tom first and went across to Willey (and on). This was very helpful. We used spikes. Another group of six came behind us with three snowshoers so the Willey Range Trail should be in excellent shape.
The Tom Spur had much less snow, but was fairly stable.
Once we started descending A-Z in the afternoon, it was a slip-slidey mess of thin, collapsing monorail. We spiked this…I can’t imagine that snowshoes would be much fun. Spikes off again around 2700’.
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.