Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Ethan Pond, Mt. Willey, NH
Trails: Ethan Pond Trail, bushwhack, Willey Range Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 17, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
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Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
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Water Crossing Notes
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Trail Maintenance Notes
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Dog-Related Notes
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Lost and Found
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Comments: Beautiful day for a bushwhack of Mt. Willey with a visit to its SW cliffs overlooking Ethan Pond.

Starting on the Ethan Pond Trail at 5:45am, I left the trail about 0.3 miles west of the pond and bushwhacked north to the base of the western ridge; woods were thick in places but they opened up as I gained elevation. At 3500 ft. I hit some denser spruce which happened to push me closer to the south side of the ridge; this was to my benefit as I encountered the first of two view ledges I would visit. After snapping some photos of a nice view down to the pond, I continued up the ridge to 3700 ft., where I would make some exploratory descents through steep and rough terrain in order to scope out other ledges. Despite multiple attempts, I was unsuccessful with my search as the tops of the cliffs were blocked by vegetation. At the last moment, I changed my approach and side-hilled in a SE direction, and soon came across the day’s prize: a gently sloping ledge, unobstructed by trees, with a big view down to Ethan Pond and out to the Pemi.

From here it was a pretty straightforward whack to Willey’s summit, with the exception of the dense scrub which surrounds the western talus slopes. On the return trip, I encountered fewer than 10 other hikers on this gorgeous day. A photo from this trip is at the link below.  
Name: timbercamp 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-09-17 
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