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This is a beautiful trail with some great variety in both terrain and sites. Avalon had great views. Tom and Field weren't as open on top, but there were still some nice views through the trees. In addition to the peaks, this trail offers a few easy water crossings, some rock scrambles, and several different forest environments. For me, the highlight was the wetter sections of forest, where there was a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees, significant undergrowth, and a thick carpet of mosses, it was reminiscent of a temperate rain forest.

Started at 11:30 with dog, finished a little before 5 with only a few short breaks. It was rainy at the top so no real views today unfortunately. The "hard" rating was appropriate though, especially with water on all of the big rocks in the trail coming down after Avalon things got very slippery.

It is a long Trek for sure. Views are very limited and trails are very rocky. I don't recommend bringing your 4 legged companion. The only real view is on Avalon and descending via the Avalon trail will make your knees and soul a little sad. If you are looking for something nearby that is much less aggressive with a kickass view, go to Mount Willard!

It’s a 9.8 mile hike! I’m a new hiker in my 60s took me 9 hrs but I did it!

Great hike. Definitely a lot to fit into a day but worth it. Get an early start. Beautiful views!

Great loop! Easy way to get 3 4000 footers, and Mount Avalon has a great view as well.

A great hike with great views from all sides and locations on the range. Not that difficult except the rocky footing and slippage/trippage. Jumped in one of the 10ft deep cascades, it was beautiful and freezing. Started my hike kind of late in the day around 11:30am and ended a little after 9:30pm (so I hiked the last hour in the dark (from the interesection for Mt. Tom and the AZ trail back down to the bottom) I ran out of water hiking towards Mt. Willey after hiking up from Mt. Avalon earlier in the day and bummed some water off friendly hikers until I was able to fill up at the river on my descent. In total it was a 10 MILE TRIP NOT 8.6 MILES!! So take that into account before you decide to start later than 10am :) Good Luck!

Great hike VIA Edmonds path.

Went up using the Webster-Cliffs trail to Webster-Jackson, then down the Crawford path when descending Mt. Pierce. We did it backwards from what many people were doing, and the more gradual descent on Crawford really helped save our knees.

Overall, gorgeous views on all three summits! Pierce in particular had a stunning overlook of Mt. Washington and the presidential range.

Great series of trails that are well-maintained and a fun variety of terrain. Took us a total of about eight hours (with a 45 minute lunch on Pierce and a stop at the Mizpah hut) so ensure you have a full day to commit to the trek. Also, the going was sketchy up some rocky scrambles, so if it's raining or wet it might be wise to pick another trail.

Great way to peak bag two four thousand footers. Hiking up Mt Pierce and over to Mount Jackson was steady uphill however as seasoned hikers we would rate it moderate. Coming down the Webster-Jackson trail was steep and rocky. May have seemed steeper because we were tired. It was a clear day so the views were spectacular!

Loved this hike! Incredible views. Nothing too steep. A bit buggy at the top - be careful of the bees. Great view of Mt. Washington - wish we had more time to hike on over.

Hike was nice enough today. Took about 5 hours. Beautiful summer day. Most of the hike was shaded which is nice. Views were minimal. The view from Tom are limited due to pine trees getting a bit bigger. You can squeeze through some narrow paths to find a few other views but better check for ticks because both sides touch you the whole way.
We went from Tom to Mt Fields. Relatively easy hike over 9/10th of a mile. No view from top but a nice overlook just a few steps down a path overlooking Mt. Washington and others and the Mt Washington Hotel.
Form here to Mt Avalon all downhill. Look for the spur up to Avalon. Tougher climb up to Avalon but only 100 yards or so. Worth it. Best views of the day. Views down Crawford Notch and of AMC Highland Center.
Enjoyable, moderate hike. You do check off 2 4K peaks but for a 0% rain day (like today) there are much better options with much better views.
4 or 5 water crossings. All easy today but after a rain I could see how they could be tricky.

Great trail! Views were worth the hike to get there, great views from Avalon and Field and minimal views from Tom. All in all it was a great trail to mark a couple 4000 footers off your list and to enjoy some nice views! Not too difficult at all, took a little under 5 hours to complete the loop.

Great trail & got to feed the Grey Jays!

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Birds eating out of your hand was cool

Awesome hike. Solid elevation gain upfront going up to A-Z and Willey trail junction, which is the hardest part of the trail. Smooth sailing up and down Tom and over to Field. Little tricky down to Willey and back, but the conditions on the trail were excellent. Beautiful lunch spot off the Willey peak cairn 20 yards down Ethan pond trail. Views from each summit aren't amazing, mostly forested, but a fantastic hike overall.

This was a fun hike. Started on the Avalon Trail and went straight to Avalon. Awesome views from the summit. Proceeded up to Field and walked the ridge line to both Willey and Tom. I didn’t find this to be a difficult hike at all. Trails were great. Views from the ledge at the summit of Willey were beautiful. Lots of Canada Jays (Gray Jay) there too. Awesome Day.

I would say this is by far my favorite hike so far! Fairly easy hike and visually stunning! highly recommend!

Did the 7.2 mile loop today in just over 4 hours. I went clockwise up Avalon and then to Field and Tom which all had great views. The river crossings were all very easy today and the bugs were minimal. It only took 1 hour to hit the summit of Mt. Avalon which was shorter than I expected. The hike from the summit of Mt. Field to Mt. Tom was extremely easy as there is very little elevation gain. Had an awesome day, and even saw some Canadian Gray Jays at the summit of Mt. Tom!

A great day hike with a variety of trails to keep things interesting. Moderate level, nothing too steep. Less than 7 hours total including numerous long breaks to enjoy the views (the views on Mount Avalon were incredible)!

This one is steep... but really people.. we are in the whites doing 4k's there are some tricky spots at the top so watch your footing! and as we all know its WINDY at the top. my sister and I got some silly pics at the top of messy hair and smiles. The view ? well lets just say it's why we all hike these big boys. I was captivated by the summit. Take your time and enjoy, the summit on even a some what cloudy day will take your breath away, in the best way ;)

Moderately difficult for two 4K peaks - trail starts directly behind the Crawford Notch train station. When hiking the Field / Tom combination highly recommend taking Avalon trail (stay left at junction of A-Z trail) to Mt Field (with quick stop to the smaller Mt Avalon peak about one mile prior to Field summit), then down the Willard Ridge trail to A-Z trail, taking Mt Tom spur to top of Mt Tom. If you are lucky, you will experience the amazing Grey Jay (usually found only in Canada...) near summit of Tom... hold out your hand with gorp and be prepared for a surprise. In order to see view on Tom, follow trail clockwise on summit until view of Mt Washington hotel appears. Descend A-Z back to Avalon trail to Crawford Notch. Distance tracked was 7.5 miles.

Did this loop today clockwise. Both stream crossings have been washed out, so bushwhacked up the left bank to where the Trail crosses again. In hindsight, may have been better to just get wet at the start. The left, trail less bank was very difficult with some serious posthole/snowbridge collapse hazard. After I rejoined the trail, the going was much easier. The monorail is still there, but beginning to melt. Spikes were fine all the way (though I could have used shoes on the bushwhack section) Avalon has some very nice views,while Field and Tom have heavily forested summits. Don't let that stop you from this hike, though. The summits themselves are great if you're doing the NH4000, but the best parts of this loop are on the trails. The Avalon follows the Brook all the way up to the second crossing, and there is much to see and appreciate.

Amazing trail loop, it had a very good mix of flats and hills and nothing that required hand over hand climbing. Me and my friend are pretty fast hikers and we ended up doing the whole loop in 6hr 30mins that includes the time we spent eating lunch.

Amazing hike. I can't recommend enough that this is ideal for a winter/early spring hike when a few feet of snow-pack will offer amazing views that you wouldn't get any other time of year. Also, great butt-sledding on the way down to and past Avalon.

Hiked on 4/13. It turned out to be a great day. We took the A-Z trail first, and quickly realized snowshoes may have been a better option. The warmer temps had loosened up the trails, and my micro spikes were balling up (guess I still have a few things to learn!). We made do though, and didn’t regret it. I had heard the views on this hike weren’t great, but i beg to differ. Sure, it’s not 360 degrees of above tree line, but when the fog cleared we got some great peeks at the Pemi wilderness, Crawford Notch, and the Presidentials. The Avalon loop was a steep descent in the loose snow, but we made it down quickly. Our total hike was about 7 hours, which included lots of gawking on the overlooks and playing with the jays.

Awesome winter hike. I saw a lot of people saying Tom and Field have really limited views, but several feet of snow means you can see over many trees that you wouldn't see over in the summer, and the views from both peaks were stunning with 180 degree views of the south Presis and into the Pemi from both peaks. Hike this but do it in the winter.

Fairly easy hike with some pretty cool views of Mt. Washington!

Took left at the fork and did Avalon and Fields first and then swung around and did Tom. The A-Z trail leading down from Tom is tricky in that the trail is covered by snow drift and it being next to a steep slope doesn't help - watch your footing. Else it's super fun and a easy 6 hour hike. No views worth talking about - it was snowing. Snowshoes only, microspikes kept ice balling up making them useless.

Also be ready to shed layers - I changed into just a base layer and a raincoat (snowing) because the trail is steep on the way up and you WILL sweat and get wet from the inside if you don't take care. Pit zips on jackets sure help.

Go up Avalon and Fields because these are more steep and then go down the A-Z trail (very small stretches of steep trails). For those inclined to get down on your butt and slide, this is going to be super fun since it presents plenty of opportunities to do so. Let the kid in you out and slide down - you won't regret it. :)

Planned to do this hike today--started at Crawford notch and sumitted Jackson first, the trail was fairly well packed and we didn't need any crampons or snowshoes. Planned to go over to Pierce, however the trail wasn't broken yet and even with snowshoes on we were up to our waist--same with heading to Webster. It was a beautiful day however and the Gray Jays were out, Mt. Washington was clearly visible and decked out in snow. Tough climb straight up, but going down was fun--sliding on the snow on our butts makes for quick descent time! My pup came along too and she did great, the snow was soft and had no ice so her paws didn't crack at all and she was warm enough with just a wool sweater and waterproof top coat.

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