Mount Tom, Avalon, and Field Loop is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bretton Woods, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.2 miElevation gain2,716 ftRoute typeLoop
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This is a loop trail with good views towards the southern presidentials. You'll have really great views from Avalon to Webster Cliffs. Mt. Tom and Field are wooded, but Mt. Tom offers some views through the trees. Microspikes are really a must during the wintertime.

New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism, P.O. Box 1856 , Concord, NH, 03302-1856, Phone: 603-271-2665

You can park at the Crawford Notch parking lots then look for the trailhead for Mount. Tom to the west. It's $3 to park here. The name of the trail you are looking for is Avalon Trail. If you have energy you could run the ridge over to Mount Willey. To get to Mount Willey you'll need to travel about a mile south on the Willey Range trail to Mount Willey then return which should be pretty easy.

Directions from Crawford Notch State Park, NH: A visitor center rests just north of the Crawford Notch State Park on US 302. The trail begins from the large parking lot.

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Noah Koch
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Icy and muddy- spikes are your best friend. We started with Tom and finished descending down Avalon- this was the best route. River crossings are getting tough- bring extra socks/ change of shoes.

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Dawn Hasler
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Beautiful day on the trail. Snow had firmed up over the last few days. Had an inch or two of fresh snow. Only needed micro spikes. Great signage by the forest service to know where you were going and how far. Joke of our day was the signs that say "Summit 100 yards." Those 100 yards are typically very up. So be prepared! The Canada Jays came out on Mt. Field. They have no interest in birdseed, but have a love of cheetos! Junk food birds! Trail down in the afternoon was getting slushy. Two water crossing early on. The first is the hardest/widest. Second one is easy by comparison. Monorail was firm. Very occasional post hole issue. Beware falling rime ice as the weather warms. We got hit - painful!

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Amanda King
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A mixed bag of conditions so come prepared with spikes and snowshoes. Water crossings were fine today.

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Jackie Brosonski
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3/27/21 - It was quite a dreary day, so unfortunately I didn't get any views, but the weather made for an interestingly creepy hike. I hiked Mount Tom and Avalon on separate hikes, and completed just Field on this hike. There were 2 tough brook crossings that kept several people from continuing on. The second one was the scariest for me because it required good balance walking across 2 small wet trees. Spikes were worn the whole way and unfortunately there were tons of postholes many that were at least 2 feet deep. I fell in one to let some people pass, and it went up to my kneecaps. The trail otherwise was fairly steep, but no scrambling or anything like that. It was very narrow, which made allowing others to pass by difficult. Saw a few Grey Jays at the top as well.

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Jackie Brosonski
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3/27/21 - It was quite a dreary day, so unfortunately I didn't get any views, but the weather made for an interestingly creepy hike. I hiked Mount Tom and Avalon on separate hikes, and completed just Field on this hike. There were 2 tough brook crossings that kept several people from continuing on. The second one was the scariest for me because it required good balance walking across 2 small wet trees. Spikes were worn the whole way and unfortunately there were tons of postholes many that were at least 2 feet deep. I fell in one to let some people pass, and it went up to my kneecaps. The trail otherwise was fairly steep, but no scrambling or anything like that. It was very narrow, which made allowing others to pass by difficult. Saw a few Grey Jays at the top as well.

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Jennifer Smith
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Mashed potato snow at the bottom, firmer high up but lots of post holes, manageable to get around, spikes only for me

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Devon Edwards
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Stephanie Cawley
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Very quick hike up Mt Tom in fast trail conditions. Snowy, cool and beautiful.

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Robert Piccirilli
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Tough windy snowy day with lots of soft post holes that our snow shoes fell through.

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Catherine Valley
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Beautiful trail. Well packed. Spikes the entire way. Pretty busy with people and adorable pups. The most difficult part of the hike was making it through the minefield of post holes by the railroad tracks. We only hiked to Tom. The views were incredible and saw a couple gray jays.

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Charlotte Warne
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Well packed and trafficked. Was able to hit Avalon, field, and Tom in under 4 hours. Views at field were great. Steep but not too bad. Great butt slides on the way down.

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Jordan Waterworth
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Julia Kenney
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Hit two more 4K footers! Woohoo! Trails were nicely packed by other snowshoers. Clouds were low and there was a slight snow fall. This made for some beautiful scenery. Went up to Tom first and down Avalon. There are some downed trees that you’ll have to go around, but nothing severe. Looking forward to coming back in the summer!

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L G
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Did this as an out and back on the A-Z Trail. Didn’t go to Avalon. First ones in the lot at Crawford Station this morning at 7:30. Everyone was parking along the road. Wore spikes up to the junction with A-Z Trail and Avalon Trail and put snowshoes on not long after turning onto A-Z Trail. Kept snowshoes on the rest of the day. Fresh snow was falling as we were descending.

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Julia McClain
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This was an INCREDIBLE hike! The views from Mt Avalon and Field were stunning! Ate lunch in a sunny open spot at Mt. Tom. This hike is challenging and very steep at points but SO worth it. Used microspikes which were very helpful. Didn't have poles but would definitely recommend bringing. Trail to Mt. Tom from Mt Field was a little less packed down in spots than the rest of the loop so a couple times my foot would drop down in the snow, but overall manageable without snowshoes and worth it to go to Mt. Tom. Took us around 3 and a half hours moving time to do the whole loop.

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Scott Haenssler
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good snow pack!

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Sarah H
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Tough hike with great reward! Mt Avalon and Field had AMAZING views of Mt Washington, Franconia Notch, Crawford Notch!! Had lunch and hot cocoa atop Field in a sunny spot. Just a little view at Tom. Some very steep spots. Didnt end up needinf snowshoes today. Phone died during recording.

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Kris Thieme
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Beautiful trail. Best part was sliding down on my butt on the way down.

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Erin Percel
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Fun hike! I used Micro spikes till the junction of Avalon and Tom trail sign then headed up to Tom with Snow shoes on and over to field. Hit up Avalon on my way down. Tons of snow up in the woods due to the most recent storm. Very windy day but since you in the trees most of the time you don’t feel it, not even the cold temps. No views, in the clouds all day. Snow showers in the AM made this hike a winter wonderland.

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Samantha Montgomery
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Winter wonderland! Micro spikes needed, no show shoes. 10/10

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Ben Weidner
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Atlas the Hiker
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Trail conditions were nice - well packed snow with ~3/4 inch of fresh powder on top. Microspikes worked great, snowshoes not needed. Whiteout prevented any good views, but trail was beautiful - felt like hiking through a winter wonderland. Gray jays and woodpeckers were out and about. Good day overall!

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Bob Cotton
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Beautiful winter day. No wind and well packed trail. Good views from Mt. Field.

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Lauren Mullen
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Perfectly packed down. Micro spikes were perfect.

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Ryan Kelly
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Michael Jaskolka
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