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Ascent of Mount Tom on 2016-11-18

Climber: Scott Dresser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, November 18, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Tom
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4051 ft / 1234 m

Ascent Trip Report

Weather was forecast to be a beautiful day. Driving through Franconia Notch the stars and moon were out until I arrived at Cannon where I immediately drove into a thick cloud. Never got out of the clouds on Rt 3 and all the way to the Crawford Station trailhead. I figured It was just going to be a cloudy day on the trails with no views.

Started at 7:30a and took the Avalon Trail to A-Z to Mt Tom Spur to get to Mt Tom first. Temps were around freezing when I left the car. Around 3000' I came out of the clouds and could see that all the peaks were all undercast. The hike to the top of Mt. Tom was easy and I was able to get nice views of the Presidentials from the east view point and of the Pemi Wilderness from the west view point nearest the peak cairn. Arrived at Mt Tom (2.6 m) around 9am.

I left the top of Mt. Tom around 9:20a and retraced my steps along the Mt. Tom spur to the Willey Ridge Trail and followed that up to Mt. Field. The 1.4 miles took me about 40 minutes and is also a very easy hike, again with limited views. There was one icy spot just before the Field summit where I put on the light spikes for some traction. Enjoyed the viewpoints to Mt Washington over the remaining fog down in Crawford Notch. Left the peak around 10:30a and continued on the ridge trail to Mt. Willey. This trail is a little harder and less well maintained than what I had just covered. A few steep drops coming down off Field but there were people with dogs getting over it so nothing too hard. In 40 minutes I had covered the 1.3 m to Willey grabbed my peak shots and spent some time at the lookout to grab some food and chat with a couple groups I met along the way. Great views down Crawford Notch, to the south all the way around to Washington. Fog in the notch had all but disappeared. Temps already near 50F so I stripped down to base layer and headed back the ridge trail.

Took my time getting back to Mt Field arriving around 1pm. Descended down the ridge trail and immediately broke off on the Avalon Trail where I found a fair amount of ice (the most I had seen all day). I made the 1 mile hike down to Avalon in just over 30 minutes. Took in the views with about 7 other people who had either done the shorter Tom/Field/Avalon loop or just Avalon. Three or four gray jays kept us entertained along with the perfect views of the Presidentials -- would love to watch the sunset here - the light would make it really pretty. But I needed to get back so I finished off the last 1.7 m back to the car in about 45 mins. There is a very steep section coming down the Avalon trail which was probably the hardest part of the whole trip!

Trip Stats:
- Total Distance: 9.8 miles
- Total Time: 7 hrs
- Total Moving Time: 5:45 hrs
- Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 3900
- Absolute Elevation Gain: 2420
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Mt. Tom (middle left) from the lookout at Mt. Field. Cherry mountains (Mt Martha) visible in the distance (center) (2016-11-18). Photo by Scott Dresser.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2136 ft / 651 m
    Elevation Loss:377 ft / 115 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.9 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Cloudy at trailhead, 35F. Clear above 2500' and temps 50F in afternoon
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2136 ft / 651 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Avalon, A-Z, Mt Tom Spur
    Trailhead:1915 ft / 583 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:377 ft / 115 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.7 km
    Route:Mt Tom Spur
    Trailhead:3674 ft / 1119 m
    Time Down:15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mt Tom, Field, Willey

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Tom2016-11-18
2Mount Field-Northwest Summit2016-11-18
3Mount Field2016-11-18
4Mount Willey2016-11-18
5Mount Avalon2016-11-18
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