Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Avalon, Mt. Field, West Field, South Hale, Mt. Tom, NH
Trails: Avalon Trail, bushwhack, A-Z Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Mt. Tom Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of cars at the Station when I arrived. Only one other when I left.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Everything was rock hoppable.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Skinny but solid monorail most of the day. 3-4 inches of powder covered all with some deeper drifted sections. I wore my snowshoes for stability and traction on the uneven surface.

I decided to go directly off the steep back of Field. It was a good challenge getting down through cliffs, ledges, slides, and thick growth. Another time I would probably head farther toward Willey to avoid the worst steeps. Woods opened up nicely toward the bottom and I cruised to West Field on the solid snowpack. Headed northwest out to the A-Z trail through intermittently thick woods.

Things were hopping at the Zealand Hut. Several groups were enjoying themselves with PBR tall boys. I changed some gear and headed about a mile up Lend a hand before wacking up South Hale through easy woods with occasionally nasty bands. A quick bite and conversation at the hut then the grind back across to Tom by headlamp. Stars were incredible. Quick descent back to the Station and the drive home with a beautiful moon. Great hike despite the late start.  
Name: Gritty coil 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-04-18 
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