The hike was a monorail traverse of the three peaks with an ascent from Crawford Notch railroad station and a round trip return via the railroad bed. Lots of snow remaining at altitude; wore microspikes from just after start to just above the railroad tracks. (Left snowshoes in the car—a good choice.) We saw a moose on the drive near Twin Mountain and fed a Canadian jay on Mt Field.
The weather was pretty nice: clear skies all day with temperatures starting near freezing and rising to 43 at Mt Tom and 55 at Mt Willey for lunch in the sun. The trail was well packed, and we stuck to the monorail with only a few postholes. Soon breaking through will make it a challenge.
At Mt Willey, having enjoyed the trip so far and having made good time but not wanting to retrace our steps, Steve suggested returning via the railroad. We decended the steep (1500′) off Mt Willey, past the Ethan Pond Tr junction, to the Kedron Flume Trail. The Kedron Flume was a beauty with lots of water. Back at just before 3pm.
Summary: ~12.5 miles in 7.5 hours, 3900′ elevation rise to Mts Tom, Field, Willey, back via rail bed through Crawford Notch
–Fred (aka tarpman)