Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Willey, Mt. Field, Mt. Tom, Ammonoosuc Lake, Saco Lake, NH
Trails: Ethan Pond Trail, Willey Range Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Avalon Trail, Around the Lake Trail, Red Bench Trail, Down to Lake Spur, AMC Stewardship Trail, Saco Lake Trail, Idlewild View Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 20, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We got a parking place near the train station at 7:30, mid-day it was the usual mad house of people parked everywhere. And at Ethan Pond Trail we got a spot at the top! Start early and win.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hop-able. Around the Lake Trail (we did trail clockwise) after crossing over the dam we saw a US Forest Service sign declaring Attention Hikers Trail across dam CLOSED until further notice. But we just walked over it and we didn't understand the issue, no sign on the other side either. Forest Service once again proving they're nuts with our money. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails all clear. The ladders up Willey are in not great shape, one has several missing rungs. See water crossing above about the dam.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: why not! 
Bugs: not bad at all, actually there were very few bugs 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Dropped car off at the train station at the top of the Notch. Up Ethan Pond Trail we went, trail wet in places but not bad. No views today very hazy and humid. Plenty of mud between Willey and Field. We motored along not really stopping. Descending Tom we started to meet people on their way up. Wow it is amazing how people dress in all white. Since we had time we walked over to the boulder/rock play gym at the Highland Center and the net of the rope bridge has holes in it, yah we played on it. We then headed to the Red Bench, the most uncomfortable bench, it is too high off the ground, with zero view except an obstructed view of the railroad tracks--this was once a nice spot but it has all grown in all around beyond trimming. We had a nice snack at the bottom of Down to the Lake. Forest Service closed trail across the dam made zero sense. What else most dangerous thing was crossing the road to get to the Saco Lake Trail. Checked out the pet cemetery and climbed up the stone stairs to the Idlewild view and we had a hazy view of the peaks across the street Tom and Avalon. We topped off the day with a good cool swim at Ammo Lower Falls. And Cote we had met on the Tom asked us about swimming holes and he actually believed us and showed up while we were there. Water was roaring and no one else was there. We stayed close to shore. Another good day with Bria!  
Name: Nordic_Gal, Bria 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-08-25 
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