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Peaks Mt. Willey, NH
Trails
Trails: Ethan Pond Trail, Willey Range Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: My truck would not make it up the short ice covered road from Route 302 leading to the parking area. I parked at the bottom near 302 with some other cars.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Breakable Crust 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only a few, they were minor and presented no problems 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: These trails leading up Willey avoided the blowdowns, step overs and duck unders that plague so many other trails. I only cleaned up one blowdown. Trail was covered with minimal snow, plenty of ice on the trail once you go by the jct. of Ethan Pond Trail and Willey Range Trail. I put on microspikes a few hundred yards below the ladders and kept them on all the way up and back down. Very glad I had them. Ice is starting to build up on some of the rocks on the upper parts of the Willey Range Trail. Ladders were ok with the microspikes, snow covered steps with some ice.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none out today 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nothing 
 
Comments
Comments: A handful of people on the trails. Only unusual aspect of this hike was to hear a slight cracking sound in the woods, I immediately turned my head and watched a 20 foot dead tree fall to the ground about 12 feet from where I stood. It happened instantly, no more than one second before it was on the ground. The sound was surprisingly loud. Glad it wasn't next to the trail.  
Name
Name: Bruce 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-12 
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