Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hale, Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, Firewarden's Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail, Ethan Pond Trail, Kedron Flume Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Left car #2 at Willey House site near "Parking for overnight hikers only" sign. No problems.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water levels are very low. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is a stepover blowdown between Field and Willey. Lower part of A-Z, nearer Zealand Hut, has some short sections where summer growth of vegetation might get your legs wet. All other trails look great.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Good route for dogs if they can handle the ladders on Willey Range Trail. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Carried out some garbage from top of Mt. Willey. Seeing more and more TP on trail these days. Ack!! Not sure what is so difficult about either burying it OFF TRAIL or carrying it out in a baggie, but it is gross. End of rant. 
Comments: Had been wanting to do this route connecting Hale w/TFW. It is a nice route! Firewarden's Trail was our favorite of the day. Lots of fresh moose tracks there. The couple of wet spots are not very muddy w/current drought. LAH had the usual wet spots, but it was easy to keep our feet dry.

First hiker encounters at hut, then not again until Mt. Tom. Only 10 people met on trail (love the day after Labor Day--ha). A-Z is a nice, mostly gradual climb to Mt. Tom Spur and passes thru some beautiful woods! Quite a few little stream crossings were still running well enough to get water if needed.

Gray Jays were out on Tom. :) Easy stroll over Field and Willey followed by not easy descent on Willey's ladders and steep loose gravel and rock... Kedron Flume Trail seemed a bit longer than 1.3 miles. Nice trail but quite a bit of gravely sidehilling lower down. Spent a few minutes exploring the flume. Fed the ducks at Willey House site--25 cents buys about a tablespoon's worth. ;p  
Name: Snowflea & Fancypants  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-09-07 
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