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Mt. Avalon, Mt. Field, 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 Cascade Loop on the way to Mt. Avalon
Looking up the Cascade Loop on the way to Mt. Avalon

Route: Avalon Trail, Cascade Loop, 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

While I was planning to head to Mt. Waumbek for a cloudy afternoon hike, I noticed things around Crawford Notch appeared to be better than forecasted. Thus, I decided to give Avalon, Field, and Tom a try.

Mixing things up a bit, I decided to check out the cascades along the Cascade Loop trail. While both cascades were nice, I think I preferred the Pearl over the Beecher. The loop trail itself had generally decent footing, though it was muddy in places.

Heading up to Avalon, I was greeted with excellent views - even some blue sky over the Presidentails!

The next segment of the Avalon Trail was muddy, prior to the steeps on the side of Mt. Field. The views from the Mt. Field vistas (the side trail and the on trail viewpoints) were pretty good.

On my way to Tom, I stopped to remove a set of blowdowns (a well defined herdpath had already developed!) on the Willey Range Trail. Eventually reaching Mt. Tom, I has treated to the best views of the day - South Twin, Bond, Scar Ridge, Carrigain, and the Presidentials were all easily seen from the two viewpoints.

I ended up back at the train station just prior to sunset. Despite the gloomy forecast, a nice afternoon!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Avalon
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
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, August 5, 2009
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Avalon
Time Elapsed: 00:50
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900'
Summit Elevation: 3,442'
Vertical Gain: 1,617'
Destination: Mt. Field
Time Elapsed: 00:34
Trailhead Elevation: 3,442'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Distance: .9 mile
Vertical Gain: 995'
Destination: Mt. Tom
Time Elapsed: 00:42
Trailhead Elevation: 4,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,051'
Distance: 1.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 411'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:37
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,193'


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

The Pearl Cascade
The Pearl Cascade

The Presidentials as seen from Mt. Avalon - Click to enlarge
The Presidentials as seen from Mt. Avalon

The Willey Range Trail near Mt. Field
The Willey Range Trail near Mt. Field

Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Reagan, and Mt. Washington as seen from near the summit of Mt. Field - Click to enlarge
Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Reagan, and Mt. Washington as seen from near the summit of Mt. Field

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

Mt. Washington as seen from near the summit of Mt. Tom - Click to enlarge
Mt. Washington as seen from near the summit of Mt. Tom

Topographic map of Mt. Avalon, Mt. Field, 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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