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Mt. Avalon, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey
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, (spur trail to summit), (Mt. Avalon), (spur trail from summit), Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail, (Mt. Field), Willey Range Trail, (Mt. Willey), Willey Range Trail, (Mt. Field), Willey Range Trail, Avalon Trail

Since it was basically the only decent day in the forecast, I decided to get out of work early and head up to Crawford Notch.

Despite the fairly clear skies (other than clouds over the Presidentials), the hiking parking areas heading up 302 were mostly empty.

There was snow on the ground starting at the trailhead. After the second water crossing, the trail was covered in snow as well. Part way up the Avalon Trail above the A-Z junction, the ice began. While it probably would have been wise to put on my Microspikes, I took my chances without traction.

The views from Mt. Avalon were tremendous, despite most of the Presidentials being in the clouds.

The next stop was Mt. Field. While the flats were in decent shape, the steeps up the Avalon Trail were fairly icy. The summit area of Mt. Field was covered in rime - it's not even Thanksgiving yet! Come on!

The viewpoint near the summit was stronger than I remembered - it seems like, at the very end of the spur path, the views looking westward are stronger than before.

After having a quick lunch (some of it...three gray jays were competing for a lot of my sandwich) and some internal debate as to whether or not to go to Willey, I decided to continue down the Willey Range Trail.

Fortunately, unlike the Avalon Trail, the Willey Range Trail was virtually ice free. Nonetheless, my knee start to ache randomly on the way over. Perhaps there was a reason I was hesistant to continue.

The views from near the summit of Willey were excellent as usual, ranging from Webster Cliff to the Bonds and Twins (the latter two in the clouds).

After having a quick snack, I headed back to Mt. Field, and then down the Avalon Trail. At one point, near a water crossing, I looked up and thought I saw a few hikers down the trail. Looking back down to concentrate on my footing, I quickly realized that I was hearing the sounds of a moose running off the trail. Sure enough, as I looked back up and pulled out my camera too late, I saw a large moose darting away.

Not a bad hike - though the knee issue concerned me, it was nice to be out in some sunlight for once. Unfortunately, it seems like the rainy weather pattern from the spring and summer as returned.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Hike Commenced: 11:32 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Avalon
Ascent Commenced: 11:38 AM
Summit Reached: 12:33 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:55
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900'
Summit Elevation: 3,442'
Distance: 1.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,567'
Destination: Mt. Field
Ascent Commenced: 12:37 PM
Summit Reached: 1:20 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:43
Trailhead Elevation: 3,442'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 995'
Destination: Mt. Willey
Ascent Commenced: 1:25 PM
Summit Reached: 2:03 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:38
Trailhead Elevation: 4,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,285'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 465'
Hike Ended: 4:39 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:07
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,654'


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

Looking down Crawford Notch from the Mt. Avalon summit - Click to enlarge
Looking down Crawford Notch from the Mt. Avalon summit

A gray jay near the Mt. Avalon summit - Click to enlarge
A gray jay near the Mt. Avalon summit

The Avalon Trail to Mt. Field
The Avalon Trail to Mt. Field

Looking northwest from the Mt. Field view point - Click to enlarge
Looking northwest from the Mt. Field view point

The Willey Range Trail
The Willey Range Trail

Looking at Mt. Webster from the Mt. Willey eastern view point - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Webster from the Mt. Willey eastern view point

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


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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