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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Willey, Mt. Field, Mt. Tom, NH
Trails
Trails: Kedron Flume Trail, Ethan Pond Trail, Willey Range Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, A-Z Trail, Avalon Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Left a car at the Crawford Depot and parked the other at Willey House hiker parking. Several spots still available at each spot despite the late (~9AM) start. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock-hops, though the lower 2 crossings on Avalon were running full due to the afternoon rains. Slick rocks at all crossings to watch out for. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Large blowdown on Kedron Flume, in the vicinity of the upper brook crossing if memory serves. Very eroded and washed out in the steeps up Willey. Otherwise in good shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Overall probably fine, but the section on Willey Range Trail up from Ethan Pond Trail to Willey's summit is STEEP. Several long wood ladders in a particularly steep and ledgy spot. 
Bugs
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Last-minute change to a Willey Range traverse instead of the shorter, easier original plan. Never been up the back side of Willey myself before, holy cow was it steep! Tough climb but nothing tough once hitting the ridge of course, nice gentle ups-and-downs over Field and Tom. Gray Jays on Willey were doing their usual antics. Some views down the notch from the overlook just East of the summit. Light rain started around 1PM as we were near the Willey-Field col. Pretty much stopped by the time we hit Field, we opted to go for Tom anyway. Not much visible off the Field viewpoint as clouds were rolling in. Complete whiteness was the only view off Tom...rained steadily the whole way down from Tom.



One friend's first hike in the Whites, and another's #4-6 4k's. Nice change from the normal loop from the Depot, though a fair bit harder despite the shorter length. I'm now 2-for-3 on getting rained off of Tom...  
Name
Name: madmattd 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-10-09 
Link
Link: http://mattshikes.blogspot.com/ 
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