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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
Looking up the Avalon Trail

Route: 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

After having been literally grounded by the flu for most of the week, I decided to get out and get some fresh air. While my first choice had been to hike Whiteface-Passaconaway, I decided while sitting in the Ferncroft parking lot that that hike wouldn't be happening. Thus, I headed north for something a bit more tame.

Starting on the Avalon Trail, I made decent time through the flats. Shortly after the second water crossing, I realized I'd be breaking some trail - not something I was looking forward to. Starting up the steeps on the Avalon Trail, I considered turning around, but decided to just take my time and see how far I'd be able to go.

Eventually passing by Avalon, I continued up to Mt. Field. Reaching the summit, I had decent views of the Presidentials as overhead clouds started to build in.

With the majority of climbing behind me, I decided to continue to Mt. Willey, hoping others would catch up to me. No one did, and I ended up breaking trail all the way to that summit, from where I had decent, but overcast views.

Once back on Mt. Field, I opted to descend via the Willey Range Trail, making a decision about Mt. Tom on the way down. Unfortunately, this segment of the Willey Range Trail had seen very little traffic, requiring some quasi-trailbreaking.

Upon reaching the Mt. Tom Spur, I decided to head up to the summit. I reached the summit just in time for a snowstorm to drop down, seemingly out of nowhere.

The descent went fairly smoothly as the snow started to ramp up a bit.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, February 5, 2011
Hike Commenced: 9:53 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Field
Ascent Commenced: 9:55 AM
Summit Reached: 12:37 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:42
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Distance: 2.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,542'
Destination: Mt. Willey
Ascent Commenced: 12:40 PM
Summit Reached: 1:46 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:06
Trailhead Elevation: 4,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,285'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 465'
Destination: Mt. Field
Ascent Commenced: 1:51 PM
Summit Reached: 2:44 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:53
Trailhead Elevation: 4,285'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 520'
Destination: Mt. Tom
Ascent Commenced: 2:44 PM
Summit Reached: 3:32 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:48
Trailhead Elevation: 4,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,051'
Distance: 1.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 411'
Hike Ended: 4:36 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:43
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

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

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

Looking at the Bonds and Twins from one of the Mt. Willey viewpoints - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Bonds and Twins from one of the Mt. Willey viewpoints

The Willey Range Trail
The Willey Range Trail

A pine marten at the Mt. Tom Spur junction
A pine marten at the Mt. Tom Spur junction

Looking at Carrigain Notch from Mt. Tom as a snowstorm moves in - Click to enlarge
Looking at Carrigain Notch from Mt. Tom as a snowstorm moves in

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, there is plowed parking available at the Highland Center. Trailhead is across the tracks, next to the Crawford Depot.

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