Monday, October 21, 2013

10/19/2013 Mount Tom - Mount Field - Mount Willey

10/19/2013 Mount Tom - Mount Field - Mount Willey

Avalon Trail / A-Z Trail / Mt Tom Spur Trail / Mount Tom / Mt Tom Spur Trail / Willey Range Trail / Mount Field / Willey Range Trail / Mount Willey / Willey Range Trail / Avalon Trail

Made plans to get in a nice day hike and knock off 3 more 4000 footers on my son's list.  We didn't want to do anything too crazy and needed to be back in Southern NH by mid afternoon.   Started off behind the train station at Crawford Notch and headed up the Avalon Trail.  The weather was a bit chilly at the trailhead in the high 30s, but once we got going was pretty comfortable with a few layers.  No need for a hat and we were working up a good sweat in no time.  Hit the junction with the A-Z Trail and continued to the Mt Tom Spur Trail.   The trails were fairly wet and while we did not see anyone, we both spotted fresh wet footprints on so e of the rocks on the trail, so we knew someone was ahead of us.

We hit the Mt Tom Spur Trail and started the half mile climb to the top.  On the way up, we passed two folks headed down.  The top of the wooded summit had a large cairn with a plastic ladle sticking out (?).   The last time I was on this summit, I remember the numerous flies that swarmed all around.  The summit was much more pleasant in October.  Took the summit photo and started back down.

We continued on the Willey Range Trail to Mount Field.  Another wooded summit with a cairn marking the spot. We continued on the Mount Willey.  Another closed in summit.  We then backtracked back up and over Mount Field, where a few folks were snacking at the summit.  We then headed down the Avalon Trail and we passed number of folks heading up.

We were back at the trailhead around 12:30 and bagged about 10 miles in 4 hours.  Had a nice fall day hike with crisp temperatures and lots of crunchy leaves on the trails.

GPS Image of hike

KMZ file of hike for Google Earth

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