Mount Tom, Avalon, and Field Loop is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bretton Woods, NH that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a nice loop trail with good views towards the southern presidentials. You'll have really good views from Avalon to Webster Cliffs. Mt. Tom and Field are wooded but Tom has a few views through the trees.
Did lower part to A Z trail not bad in the rain
Superb view of white mountains and mount washington
A little tougher than I expected but super fun! We had the summit to ourselves which was really nice!
Good hike! Lots of steep sections and plenty of snow/ice.
Nice hike in the white
Completed this hike in mid-July 2014. The Avalon trail is moderately steep for most of the way up and the terrain is really rocky and slippery if wet. The last 0.5 miles to the summit are the most steep, however, with sections where I had to heave myself up boulders and scramble higher and higher until the summit ledges were reached. The view from the top of Avalon is magnificent, with a view into the U-shaped valley of Crawford Notch to the right, and a view to Mounts Adams, Washington and Jefferson to the left. Saco Lake is directly below. Take care while coming down; trekking poles come in handy. The side path to Pearl and Beecher Cascades is well worth the short trip on the way back to the parking area.
In hindsight the way to experience Avalon is to go up directly to Avalon and then to Field / Tom, etc....I was told later - vs., Tom and Field and down via Avalon due to the sharp decline. Best views from Avalon however are worth it coming from either direction.
Starts gently enough, then gets steeper, steeper, and steeper. The last 20' are pretty much vertical. Not a particularly high mountain, but great view of Mt. Washington Valley from the top. Did it the day after the hottest day of the year last summer, and it was still plenty hot. Take lots of water. Not particularly long (2 miles in and out). Tough enough for someone with knees that are wearing out, though.
The Crandalls completed this as our 2010 NH summit day hike. It was a hot August day. The hike is a moderate to demanding hike until you turn left leaving the A-Z trail, for the final accent to the Mt. Avalon summit at about 1.25 miles in, at this point it becomes Strenuous. This was our highest ascent at the time with over 1500' of elevation gain in 1.8 miles. This was great for the children as we sat on the summit looking down on Mt Willard just East of us and it looked like a hill. Mt Willard was our highest elevation climb from 2007.
coming down it looked like some one had dumped boulders all over