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Mt. Avalon, 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.
The Avalon Trail
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, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur Trail, (Mt. Tom), Mt. Tom Spur Trail, A-Z Trail, Avalon Trail

Another bad weather forecast. Since thunderstorms were no longer part of it, I decided to head up and do the vanilla Tom-Field-Willey hike.

The first part of the Avalon Trail was in pretty good shape - some mud, but nothing too significant. The mud picked up as I neared the second water crossing - despite the recent rain, neither were as high as they tend to be in spring.

Reaching the Avalon summit spur trail, I decided to give it a go, as to see if perhaps the fog had a momentary lapse of reason. It decided to stick around and I was treated to nothing in way of views.

The section of trail after the summit spur, on the way to Mt. Field, was quite muddy - not much fun. Things improved for the ascent, however, and soon I was standing in the fog on Mt. Field.

Heading to Mt. Willey, the fog turned to light rain - time for a rain jacket. As was the case on Mt. Field, there were no views to be had on Mt. Willey either today, therefore hurting the greyjay's food-begging-business.

As the 'daylight' waned, I worked my way over to Mt. Tom. Once again, no views from the summit. Back on the A-Z Trail, I slowly worked my way down over wet rocks and roots, making it back to the train depot without needing a headlamp.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Avalon
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal due to weather
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Field
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal due to weather
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Willey
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal due to weather
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Field
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal due to weather/TD>
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Tom
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal due to weather
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:09 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Avalon
Ascent Commenced: 4:09 PM
Summit Reached: 4:57 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:48
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900'
Summit Elevation: 3,442'
Distance: 1.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,567'
Destination: Mt. Field
Ascent Commenced: 4:57 PM
Summit Reached: 5:33 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:36
Trailhead Elevation: 3,442'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 995'
Destination: Mt. Willey
Ascent Commenced: 5:34 PM
Summit Reached: 6:15 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:41
Trailhead Elevation: 4,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,285'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 465'
Destination: Mt. Field
Ascent Commenced: 6:17 PM
Summit Reached: 7:00 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:43
Trailhead Elevation: 4,285'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 520'
Destination: Mt. Tom
Ascent Commenced: 7:00 PM
Summit Reached: 7:41 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:41
Trailhead Elevation: 4,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,051'
Distance: 1.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 411'
Hike Ended: 8:59 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:50
Hike Distance: 9.9 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,128'


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

Flowers growing in the field near the Avalon Trail trailhead
Flowers growing in the field near the Avalon Trail trailhead

Fog, Mt. Avalon style - Click to enlarge
Fog, Mt. Avalon style

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

Fog, Mt. Field style - Click to enlarge
Fog, Mt. Field style

The Willey Range Trail on the way to Mt. Willey
The Willey Range Trail on the way to Mt. Willey

Fog, Mt. Willey style - Click to enlarge
Fog, Mt. Willey style

Looking down the Willey Range Trail on the way to Mt. Tom
Looking down the Willey Range Trail on the way to Mt. Tom

Fog, Mt. Tom style - Click to enlarge
Fog, Mt. Tom style

Topographic map of Mt. Avalon, 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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