Mount Tom and Field

Date of Hike: 3/5/12

Avalon Trail: 1.3 miles
A-Z Trail: 1.0 miles
Mount Tom Spur: 1.2 miles
Willey Range Trail: 1.0 miles
Avalon Trail: 2.8 miles
Total Miles: 7.3 (2,500 elevation gain)

Trip Report:
- Originally Monday looked promising enough for some great views to do a long out and back of the Bonds, however the weather changed to in the clouds and wind chills well below zero with high wind gusts above treeline so we were forced to stay below treeline and headed over to Crawford Notch to hike in the Willey Range.
- About four to six inches of fresh snow fell in Crawford Notch the night before making for a beautiful hike in the woods up the Avalon and A-Z Trails.
- We only saw two other hikers heading up as we gained the ridge near the Mount Tom Spur Trail where we were greeted by a curious Pine Martin who then ran up ahead of us along the trail up to Mount Tom's summit.
-  It was cold on Mount Tom's summit so we headed down quickly and the headed over to Mount Field.  The hike in the winter along the Willey Range Trail is one of the prettiest below treeline hikes through snow covered trees with a very gradual ascent up to Mount Field.
- Our original plan was to head over to Mount Willey and come back over to Mount Field and drop down the Avalon Trail but when we reached the summit of Mount Field I had had enough of winter hiking for 2012 so I turned to Alton and said "F this, time for me to head to Florida!"
- So we turned around and zoomed down the Avalon Trail back to the Highland Center in about 45 minutes and warmed up before heading back south.
- It was a fun winter hiking even with the lack of big snowfall, hopefully next year there will be a ton of snow and wild trail-breaking!

Pictures: Click here for all pictures

 Hiking up the A-Z Trail
 Willey Range Trail
 Willey Range Trail
 Mount Avalon
Crawford Notch Scenic Railway at the Highland Center

3 comments:

  1. Wow. I just love that Willey Range Trail photo. It actually look like winter out there.
    -K

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  2. Hi Chris . . . we just missed each other by a day! I did that very same hike on 06-March! (If you're interested in reading about it, my 1HappyHiker blog now has it posted.)

    Anyway, I think I might have already said this before, but it doesn't hurt to repeat it. I really like your clean, crisp reporting style that you use for posting your hiking adventures.

    John

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    1. Thanks guys, it finally felt like winter out there. John your pics from your hike were great as always!

      -Chris

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