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Mt. Avalon
Carroll, NH, Bethlehem, NH

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

The Avalon Trail

Route: Avalon Trail, (spur trail to summit), (Mt. Avalon), (spur trail from summit), Avalon Trail

With a subpar weekend weather forecast and limited afternoon time, I decided to hike up to Mt. Avalon.

My previous time near this peak was spent running down the Avalon Trail in a hail storm - missing the summit by 100 yards.

The temperature was near 90 degrees at the trailhead - with limited visibility due to the large amount of haze. Considering I had been in upper 30 degree weather only 6 days earlier, the high temperature was certainly a challenge.

The Avalon is rather easy at the start - with a few short, steep sections, surrounded by long flats. Things steepen up dramatically after the A-Z trail departs - climbing over 600 vertical feet in less than half a mile. Add in less than optimal footing and high temperatures, and you have a work out!

Despite the haze, the views from the top were still good - looking down at 302, looking up the Presidential Range, etc.

On the descent I listened to Jim O'Rourke's Bad Timing.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, September 7, 2007
Hike Commenced: 3:50 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Avalon
Ascent Commenced: 3:55 PM
Summit Reached: 4:46 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:51
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900'
Summit Elevation: 3,442'
Distance: 1.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,567'
Hike Ended: 5:50 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:00
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,592'

The Avalon Trail trailhead next to the train station

Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Avalon

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 west from Bartlett, NH. There is a parking area on the left side of the road at the top of the pass. Continue down the road on foot to the rail station - the Avalon Trail trailhead is across the tracks

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