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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, bushwhack, Willey Range Trail, (Mt. Willey), Willey Range Trail, bushwhack, 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 the forecast was initially for poor weather, things seemed much nicer as we started up the Avalon Trail. While first water crossing was snowbridged, the second one was open.

Reaching the summit of Mt. Avalon, there were nice views of the Presidentials - much nicer than the rain and clouds forecast a day or two earlier.

From Avalon to Field, there had been no recent foot traffic. As a result, along with lots of snow and blowdowns, we meandered off the trail a few minutes below the Willey Range Trail, though probably by no more than a few hundred feet. The summit area of Field was quite interesting - as the small spruce trees were mostly hidden under feet of snow. The views were quite strong.

Heading over to Willey, we found the trail to once again be vague. Nonetheless, we were able to follow it for the first half of the segment. We soon hit some postholed areas which were even more vexing due to spruce trees leaning into the trail. As a result, we opted to bushwhack a bit below the tree in open woods, rejoining the trail for the final walk to the summit of Mt. Willey. While I could see into the Pemi when I reached the highpoint, clouds moved in immediately, resulting in no further views.

Back on Field (with good views again, thanks to the clouds moving back out), we pushed on to the A-Z Trail - it appeared that we were the first ones to stay on the trail in quite a few weeks. Climbing up to Mt. Tom, we had excellent views of the Presidentials and Pemi peaks.

For the descent, we opted to go off trail in a few places, as to avoid monorail and postholes.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, March 28, 2010
Hike Commenced: 7:56 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Avalon
Ascent Commenced: 7:59 AM
Summit Reached: 8:58 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:59
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900'
Summit Elevation: 3,442'
Distance: 1.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,567'
Destination: Mt. Field
Ascent Commenced: 8:59 AM
Summit Reached: 9:45 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:46
Trailhead Elevation: 3,442'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Vertical Gain: 995'
Destination: Mt. Willey
Ascent Commenced: 9:48 AM
Summit Reached: 10:45 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:57
Trailhead Elevation: 4,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,285'
Vertical Gain: 465'
Destination: Mt. Field
Ascent Commenced: 10:50 AM
Summit Reached: 11:38 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:48
Trailhead Elevation: 4,285'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Vertical Gain: 520'
Destination: Mt. Tom
Ascent Commenced: 11:39 AM
Summit Reached: 12:28 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:49
Trailhead Elevation: 4,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,051'
Vertical Gain: 411'
Hike Ended: 2:02 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:06
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,128'


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

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

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

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

The Willey Range Trail between Mt. Field and Mt. Willey
The Willey Range Trail between Mt. Field and Mt. Willey

Brief Pemi views as seen from Mt. Willey - Click to enlarge
Brief Pemi views as seen from Mt. Willey

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

The Bonds and Twins as seen from Mt. Tom - Click to enlarge
The Bonds and Twins as seen from Mt. Tom

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


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 west from Bartlett, NH. In the winter, there is plowed parking available at the Highland Center. Trailhead is across the tracks, next to the Crawford Depot.

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