Ascent of Mount Avalon on 2020-01-25

Climber: Floyd Greenwood

Others in Party:UMOC Spring 2020
Date:Saturday, January 25, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Avalon
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3440 ft / 1048 m

Ascent Trip Report

Entered 1/26/2020.

I've been looking forward to completing this hike for some time, in part because it includes three 4000 footers in a single 9-mile loop. I set out from the UMOC cabin, co-leading with Martin, with three others, parking at the Highland Center at Crawford Notch. Despite the windy, cloudy weather, the parking lot was packed, and we would run into a number of groups on the trail. We ascended gently on the Avalon Trail to its junction with the A-Z Trail then steeply from there to the summit of Mount Avalon. There was a 180-degree viewpoint at the summit but quickly moving clouds hindered our vision. We continued upwards in the clouds to the summit of Mount Field, the highest point of the hike. There was a summit sign in all caps in a squiggly font "Field". There's a path that leads to a small viewpoint, again cloud covered. With the hardest part out of the way, we moved at a slightly faster pace to Mount Willey (pronounced "Why-lee" I think) which had no views then retraced our steps to Field. We then gently descended for a mile to the col between Field and Tom and ascended again for 0.6 miles to Mount Tom's summit. The summit point was unclear but we found another sign in the same font with "Tom". I found a small red geocache container wrapped in camouflage duct tape along the spur trail about 100 feet from the summit. We wrote in the date and "UMass Outing Club". It was all downhill from there, and to our fortune, the descent of the A-Z and Avalon Trails from the Tom Spur junction offered excellent butt sledding. We made good time. We were all laughing and in good spirits. We took another spur trail at the bottom to check out Beecher and Pearl Cascades, but both were nearly dry and frozen over. Finally we recrossed the train tracks, thinking just how busy it was when I was wading in Saco Lake back in October. I was pleased to see that everyone enjoyed the hike. It took us a little over 7 hours to cover about 9.2 miles (9:25AM-4:30PM).
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
clouds at about 3000 feet
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Avalon, Willey Range, and Tom Spur Trails
    Start Trailhead:AMC Highland Center  
Descent Statistics
    Route:A-Z and Avalon Trails
    End Trailhead:AMC Highland Center  
Ascent Part of Trip: Willey Range 2020 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Avalon2020-01-25 a 
2Mount Field2020-01-25 b 
3Mount Willey2020-01-25 c 
4Mount Tom2020-01-25 d 

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