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Mt. Field (West Peak)
Carroll, NH, Bethlehem, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Bushwhacking to West Field
Bushwhacking to West Field

Route: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Willey Range Trail, bushwhack

Some significant variance in last night's snowfall totals - maybe 4" in Ashland, 1" down low in Franconia, and perhaps 6"-8" at the trailhead. Larger amounts higher up.

Avalon and A-Z Trail up to the Mt. Tom col was packed out well for snowshoeing. Adequate snowpack (over a foot) and very little exposed ice. Mt. Tom Spur, Avalon Trail, Willey Range Trail, and A-Z Trail all appeared to be broken out as of end of day today.

From the col, we headed up the Willey Range Trail, then dropped down toward West Field. In hindsight, we dropped off too soon, getting sucked down the fall line as we avoided some unsavory woods. We eventually had to slab hard. Not an efficient track at all. Snow depths ranged from 1 to 3 feet. Snowshoes absolutely needed.

We hugged the ridge for the return trip from West Field, ending up in good woods into and initially out of the col, however we hit some steep, thicker stuff higher up (probably should have slabbed toward Mt. Tom more aggressively), ending up on a small slide that had nice views. We eventually popped onto the Willey Range Trail and then headed back to the Mt. Tom col and out.

Dramatic change in temperatures during the day - above freezing south of Franconia Notch in the morning, upper 20s at the parking lot at the start, ending at 5 degrees with a nasty wind in the parking lot at the end.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: West Field
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, December 30, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: West Field
Time Elapsed: 03:33
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900'
Summit Elevation: 3,691'
Vertical Gain: 2,391'
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:50
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,041'


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

Slight views of Mt. Field near West Field - Click to enlarge
Slight views of Mt. Field near West Field

Looking back at West Field from a slide on Mt. Field
Looking back at West Field from a slide on Mt. Field

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 west from Bartlett, NH. There is day parking next to the railroad station (not always plowed in winter). Trailhead is across the tracks.

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