Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Tom, NH
Trails: Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked on the road in front of the train depot. Lot is not plowed, but plenty of parking on the road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All water crossings were solid snow bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Our pup had a blast! Crossed paths with two other super friendly pups out there today. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost, nothing found. 
Comments: From the trailhead, all the way to the Mount Avalon Spur, the trail was actually pretty packed and spikes would have been fine. After that, the trail was very soft and unconsolidated all the way to Field. After Field, the Willey Range Trail had not seen too much traffic. It was broken out, but very soft, deep, and unconsolidated. We crossed paths with 3 others who were ahead of us. At the summit of Willey, there was one set of snowshoe tracks that appeared to have come up from the other side, and had been filled in from drifting and possibly a bit of fresh snow. On our return to field, the trail was not packed down at all, it was still very unconsolidated. We started seeing a few others all the way to Tom...most were in snowshoes, but we did see a few in spikes, and from Mount Field to the A-Z, there were quite a lot of super deep post holes, but did not cause any issues, just had to be mindful. At the jct of the Willey Range Trail and the A-Z, there appeared to be one set of snowshoe tracks heading towards the Zealand Trail. The Tom Spur was pretty well packed. After descending the Tom Spur, the A-Z towards the Avalon was kind of a mix...some sections felt pretty packed, and then super soft, unconsolidated sections and some super deep post holes. Once on the Avalon for the final descent, the conditions had changed from the morning (as expected). The trail had become very soft and almost slushy. We wore snowshoes start to finish and very happy with that decision.  
Name: Marylyn Styles 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-03-18 
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