|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH|
||Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, April 14, 2012|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||the two water crossings were both low and were straight forward rock hops. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||willey range trail between field and willey could use some brushing. was able to remove all blowdown of note along the way today. |
|Lost and Found:
||found a nalgene on avalon trail. if you want it back let me know. ||
||patchy snow and ice started early with pretty full coverage after the second water crossing. a mix of snow, ice and exposed rock on the steeps below avalon then significant snow coverage began with 2-4 inches of new wet sticky snow to start increasing to 4-6+ before the willey range juction. up high there was still a pretty significant base of old snow in spots with monorail in evidence underneath. the same sort of coverage continued to willey with monorail underneath and real thin coverage and open rock in a couple sun drenched sections of trail. noted some folks postholing up high today without snowshoes as temperatures warmed up. |
i barebooted until snow coverage became continuous then went with microspikes to the avalon spur. swiched to snowshoes and wore them to the summits and back down below avalon. some folks may want crampons for the steep sections below mt. avalon if we get a good freeze in the near future.
beautiful day. really warm with a nice breeze on the ridge. great views from all the usual points along the way. great to be out.
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.