|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, NH|
||Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, October 12, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Mid week, and surprisingly the parking was a bit tight. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||At the first "big" crossing, the leaves obscure the "good" stepping stones. A trekking pole is pretty darn useful in sussing this out. Otherwise the other crossings are fairly moderate. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Wow, the trail was in great shape. Thanks to the maintainers for setting a high bar. Down low, the leaves are building up, but that's about it. |
||A few happy pups, notably the Aussie... those enchanting eyes, that mild temperament. And a silky smooth coat, to boot! |
||Thankfully, none! Woo-hoo! |
|Lost and Found:
||A fun day out, on a moderate hike. Always lumpier and bumpier than I remembered from last time, but hey. That said, the trail is in good shape. As of this writing, the mud is pretty firm; just walk through it. Your feet will appreciate the soft surface. Other than that, no significant blow-downs. |
Happily, I saw some familiar faces. It's always nice making those connections. It was a bit busy on the trail today, but everyone I met had a smile. Lots of positivity going around, which is never a bad thing. Some high altitude clouds meant the views were quite nice. Washington was in the clear, and I could see Chocorua, Carrigain, Bond... it was a great day to be out.
One notable group was a four-man party, one of whom was blind, and finishing his 48 list. Kudos to you guys, and congratulations! It was a treat seeing you finish.
One note: the rocks were fairly sweaty, and that, coupled with leaf snot, made more than a few of them quite a bit on the greasy side. Be careful of your footing. Gravity will be all too happy to introduce your butt to the ground before you know what's happened.
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||Protean Wanderer |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.