Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Avalon, 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: Monday, January 15, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Roadside parking 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: None 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: We got 6am start, so plenty of parking along the road. Started in microspikes but quickly changed to the snowshoes after the first water crossing. New dusting of snow from last night made snowshoes the right choice. Hit Avalon first and got to see the sunrise, the spur had some drifts but we were able to break it out. Then headed to Field which had many postholes that were covered by the new snow. Over to Willey was mostly consolidated but hit a few sections where the wind had drifted several feet of snow, erasing the trail. Did our best to break out those sections correctly.
Field to Tom was a disaster. We had to take it very slow to avoid breaking our ankle in the knee deep frozen post holes. The Tom spur was a pleasant surprise, firm consolidated track with no postholes.
Tom down to the junction was in great shape also, snow was still a bit lose so snowshoes helped here.
When we met back up with the Avalon trail it was much more solid than the morning so micros would have been fine here but we kept the snowshoes on all the way back to the car.
We saw 11 other hikers, 4 with only spikes, 3 carrying snowshoes (hopefully putting them on at some point) and 4 superstars in snowshoes helping to groom the posthole minefield.
Name: Lauren F 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-15 
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