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Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Tom
Carroll, NH, Bethlehem, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Avalon Trail
Looking up the Avalon Trail

Route: Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail, (Mt. Field), Willey Range Trail, (Mt. Willey), Willey Range Trail, (Mt. Field), Willey Range Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur Trail, (Mt. Tom), Mt. Tom Spur Trail, A-Z Trail, Avalon Trail

With a beautiful day, I had to get out and enjoy as much daylight as possible. Ascending the Avalon Trail, I skipped Mt. Avalon in the interest of minimizing headlamp using at the end of the hike. The Avalon Trail was in generally good shape - water crossings were easily done and mud was minimal.

The views from the Mt. Field viewpoint, though never comparatively stellar, were nonetheless pretty strong. Continuing on my way to Mt. Willey, I had much better views from that summit. It always seems like there's an additional up and down added to that portion of the hike.

Back at Mt. Field, I could tell that I might have a chance of getting a sunset view. Reaching Mt. Tom, I indeed could see the sun starting to set behind the blowdown field. Though not a 100% clear perspective, it was nonetheless a good sunset.

The headlamp went on as I descended the A-Z Trail. At one point, I saw eyes ahead of me on the trail. Just as my headlamp reached that area, whatever it was darted into the woods.

Reaching the railroad tracks, I looked up and was astonished by the clarity of the night's sky - an absolutely great display of stars.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Field
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Willey
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Field
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Tom
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Hike Commenced: 3:43 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Field
Ascent Commenced: 3:45 PM
Summit Reached: 5:01 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:16
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Distance: 2.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,542'
Destination: Mt. Willey
Ascent Commenced: 5:03 PM
Summit Reached: 5:40 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:37
Trailhead Elevation: 4,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,285'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 465'
Destination: Mt. Field
Ascent Commenced: 5:44 PM
Summit Reached: 6:24 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:40
Trailhead Elevation: 4,285'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 520'
Destination: Mt. Tom
Ascent Commenced: 6:24 PM
Summit Reached: 7:01 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:39
Trailhead Elevation: 4,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,051'
Distance: 1.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 411'
Hike Ended: 8:33 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:50
Hike Distance: 9.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,978'


The Avalon Trail trailhead next to the train station
The Avalon Trail trailhead next to the train station

Mt. Tom and Mt. Martha as seen from the Mt. Field viewpoint - Click to enlarge
Mt. Tom and Mt. Martha as seen from the Mt. Field viewpoint

The Willey Range Trail to Mt. Willey
The Willey Range Trail to Mt. Willey

Looking at Mt. Washington from one of the Mt. Willey viewpoints - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from one of the Mt. Willey viewpoints

The Willey Range Trail
The Willey Range Trail

Looking at Mt. Washington from near the summit of Mt. Tom - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from near the summit of Mt. Tom

The sunset as seen from the Mt. Tom summit - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from the Mt. Tom summit

Topographic map of Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Tom - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 west from Bartlett, NH. There is day parking next to the railroad station. Trailhead is across the tracks.

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