Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Tom, NH
Trails: Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parked in front of the picnic area by the depot. Plenty of room along the highway 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossable without much difficulty. The first one required stepping on collasped ice chunks and icy logs. Trekking poles were helpful. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: multiple stepover fallen trees 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: met 2 on trail. Both doing fine 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This was out 6th hike of TFW and it was prime for the taking considering the resent rain storm and warm temperatures. The trail was a mix of bare ground, patchy ice, ice flows, oddly eroded ice and packed snow with loose granular. We donned our rock spikes at the first crossing and kept them on for the remaining hike. We opted to go clockwise, up Avalon to Field, out to Willey, back to Field, over to Tom and back down. We found that going up the steep ascent to Avalon was easier in tackling the icy spots rather than coming down that way. Willey Range from Field to Willey was in great shape. Mostly a firm snowpack with occasional ice. The worst section was the stretch from Field to AZ. The recent rain eroded the snowpack and left it in odd shapes and lots of holes that required more precise footing. Keep in mind that many sections of the trails have been undermined below the snowpack. We didn't have much issue with punching through but it could happen if the warming trend continues. Overall, it was a great weather day to tag these 3 4ks for the grid.  
Name: Diane Stuart 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-12-26 
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