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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Willey (attempt), NH
Trails
Trails: Ethan Pond Trail, Willey Range Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at the bottom of the road was plowed and would fit many cars 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: After the Ethan Pond intersection there was a small brook we crossed by stepping in the water to get across. There may have been some smaller brooks that we sank about 3 feet when stepping over them but still snow covered. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were a couple of blow downs we had to deter around intothe spruces to get around. Didn't get spruce trapped though. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one dog heading up. Would be difficult in the steep section. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Pair of black gloves were on the ground in the parking lot 
 
Comments
Comments: The first mile was post holed and difficult. We tried to smooth it out with snowshoes. The second mile the postholer must have turned around or put on snow shoes. We sunk to our hips in a couple of places with snowshoes on. At the Willey Range trail it had not been broken. The snow was getting soft and started sticking to our snowshoes. The snow was deep and difficult to get traction with snowshoes especially on the steep parts. There was a blow down that was difficult to get around but we went through some spruces around it. The steep section before the stairs was icy under the snow. I tried crampons which helped alittle but after reaching the 1st set of stairs and they were filled with ice we decided to turn around. If we made it up we figured it would be dangerous to get down since there was nothing to grab and it was slippery. The nice temperature, blue skies, and the beauty of the new snow made up for not making it to the summit.  
Name
Name: jungleland 
E-Mail
E-Mail: donnaellis1014@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-18 
Link
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