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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.
Looking up the Avalon Trail on the way to Mt. Field
Looking up the Avalon Trail on the way to Mt. Field

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

Even though the weather forecast was looking pretty poor, I was determined to get out and get some exercise, having spent the previous day indoors.

Arriving at the railroad depot, I could see there was no one out and about. Though the gloomy weather made it tempting to turn around and call it a day, I nonetheless strapped my snowshoes onto my pack and headed up the Avalon Trail.

The first water crossing was a bit tricky but nonetheless doable. As I crossed, however, pieces of it were crumbling. From there, I put on my snowshoes in effort to keep the monorail in tact.

The second water crossings was a bit more tricky - some of the rocks were submerged, so I was forced to let my boots get wet. Above here, I rode the monorail up the Avalon Trail, skipping Mt. Avalon since there were no views to be had.

Finally reaching the summit of Mt. Field, I snapped a few photos of the loitering grey jays. I didn't feel like loitering, however, so I continued on my way to Mt. Willey. The trail was a bit hard to follow in places (the packed portion appears to deviate from the proper trail), and the monorail was rather unpleasant in others (built up on spruce and thus crumbling even when wearing snowshoes).

With no views from Willey, I turned around and headed across to Mt. Tom. Once again, no views.

As I started to descend, I could see the fog was lifting a bit. While the upper water crossings on the A-Z Trail were still bridged, the Avalon Trail crossings were once again tricky.

Back at the trailhead, I could see that the fog had lifted tremendously and that the summits of Mt. Field were now in and out of the clouds. While it would have been nice to have had some views, I was nonetheless glad to be done, warm, and dry.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, April 4, 2009
Hike Commenced: 9:10 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Field
Ascent Commenced: 9:11 AM
Summit Reached: 10:46 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:35
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Distance: 2.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,542'
Destination: Mt. Willey
Ascent Commenced: 10:47 AM
Summit Reached: 11:32 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:45
Trailhead Elevation: 4,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,285'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 465'
Destination: Mt. Field
Ascent Commenced: 11:34 AM
Summit Reached: 12:17 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: 12:17 PM
Summit Reached: 12:55 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:38
Trailhead Elevation: 4,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,051'
Distance: 1.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 411'
Hike Ended: 2:22 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:12
Hike Distance: 9.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,978'


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

Greyjays hanging out at the summit of Mt. Field - Click to enlarge
Greyjays hanging out at the summit of Mt. Field

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

Looking at fog from one of the Mt. Willey viewpoints - Click to enlarge
Looking at fog from one of the Mt. Willey viewpoints

The Mt. Tom Spur Trail
The Mt. Tom Spur Trail

Looking into the clouds from the Mt. Tom summit - Click to enlarge
Looking into the clouds from the Mt. Tom summit

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


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 west from Bartlett, NH. In the winter and early spring there is parking next to the railroad station. Trailhead is across the tracks.

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