|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH|
||Ethan Pond Trail, Thoreau Falls Trail, Zealand Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, September 16, 2012|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lot at Willey House Station nearly full when I arrived at 8:00AM but lots of empty spaces by 6:00PM. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The only significant crossing was bridged (North Fork). Although I did not cross, the North Fork crossing at Thoreau Falls looked easy. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails in good condition. Only one very minor tree fall of a small birch across Ethan Pond Trail in Zealand Notch that was an easy step over. There were lots of bog bridges on both the Ethan Pond Trail and the A-Z Trail. Most of the bog bridges were in great shape except for a few at higher elevations on the A-Z Trail. On the Thoreau Falls Trail approaching the Falls there are a myriad of paths so you will want to be observant to ensure an easy return back to the Ethan Pond Trail. |
||Lots of water on Ethan Pond and A-Z Trails. The Willey Range Trail was dry. Most of the paths are easy for dogs although some may have difficulties on the loose rock in some short stretches of the Willey Range Trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||Nice loop that included visits to ponds (Ethan and Zealand), a waterfall (Thoreau), a notch (Zealand), and three four thousand footers with outlooks.|
I was surprised to meet a large contingent of AT thru hikers who had stayed at Ethan Pond. Met a woman from Effingham who had hiked her 3rd and 4th NH 4K. Met a mother and daughter from Gilford on Mt Field.
Fed the Gray Jays on Mt Tom. The red and orange foliage of the maples brightened the forest along the brooks, ponds, and wetlands.
||WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com |
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.