This is a great introductory hike or snowshoe loop for folks wanting to start hiking or snowshoeing in the Whites. It loops over 3 peaks with some great views and is very doable within the confines of short winter daylight hours. You will need to be in shape to make all 7 miles on snowshoes in the winter before you lose daylight.
Take the Avalon Trail up to the summit of Mt Avalon. This is a fairly steep steady climb. Part way up you'll intersect with the A-Z Trail - stay south on the Avalon Trail to the summit. The picture is a view from Avalon eastward towards the Presidentials.
From the Avalon summit continue on the Avalon Trail until you intersect with the Willey Range Trail. It's a short hike up to the left to get to the summit of Mt Field. Coming off the summit of Mt Field continue north on the Willey Range Trail until you intersect with the A-Z Trail. Head east on the A-Z Trail to get back to the trailhead or take the Mt Tom Spur Trail out to Mt Tom for a great view of the Pemi.
- Have fun - Be smart - Bring all the right gear -
The trailhead is behind the Highland Center on Route 302.
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Posted By: evanster
- Sun Jan 18 21:05:02 UTC 2009
UpsideGreat views. I am a novice and hiked with my lab up to the Avalon summit. We got started too late (9am in December) and I was afraid we would not make the whole loop before dark , but Field and Tom look VERY close from Avalon's summit. Lots of bang for your buck on this trail. 3700+ in less than 3 miles or so. Worth the drive from Portsmouth. Downside"The Notch" weather. Beautiful everywhere else but... You don't know until you are there. Parking/trailhead location not well signed. Trail is in the trees behind rail station. Park in the turnout east of the train station. CommentWe will tackle this loop soon. (hopefully)