Ascent of Mount Tom on 2010-09-04

Climber: Thomas Carlile

Date:Saturday, September 4, 2010
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

Jadyn and I spent Labor Day weekend car camping and hiking in New Hampshire. I'd picked out two hikes in the Crawford Notch area. We were unable to find an open campground in the Craford Notch area, but despite our last minute planning we were able to find an one in the Franconia Notch area thanks to Hurricane Earl related cancellations.

Rain from Earl drove us into our tent on Friday night, and it continued to rain heavily until 6 AM or so. Rain water pooled between the bottom of our tent and the tarp we had placed on the ground, and touching the tent floor felt like pressing on a water bed. We slept uneasily since this was the first time we'd used this tent in the rain, but its water-proofing held up, and we remained dry.

The next morning we drove to Crawford Notch after stopping for breakfast in Lincoln. The plan was to hit the summits of all three 4000' peaks in the Willey Range: Mount Tom (4051'), Mount Field (4320'), and Mount Willey (4255'). I'd toyed around with various routes, including a traverse that would entail walking 3 miles along US 302 to get back to our car, but decided on a loop with some backtracking on the ridge.

Hike Stats:
9:07 Avalon Trail trailhead (1892')
9:51 A-Z Trail Junction (1.4 miles, 2702')
10:31 Mount Tom Spur (2.4 miles, 3702')
10:50 Mount Tom Summit (2.9 miles, 4051')
11:19 Willey Rage Trail (3.4 miles, 3702')
11:48 Mount Field Summit (4.3 miles, 4339')
12:45 Mount Willey Summit (5.7 miles, 4285')
13:23 Finished Lunch Break
14:11 Mount Field Summit (7.1 miles, 4339')
14:57 Avalon Spur (8.1 miles)
15:03 Mount Avalon (8.1 miles, 3442')
15:27 A-Z Trail Junction (8.6 miles, 2702')
16:04 Trailhead (10.0 miles 1892')
6 hours 57 minutes, 10 miles, 3400'

The Avalon Trail begins off of the parking lot of the Crawford Notch Visitors Center. We started up the Avalon Trail ahead of a large group congregating in the parking lot, and took the A-Z trail towards Mount Tom. The ascent to the Tom Spur was fairly easy. The trail was rocky and slightly steep in places, but mostly in the form of steps. The denser trees at the trailhead thinned out towards the top, and the fog from the low hanging clouds gave the trail a ghostly feel.

We reached the Mount Tom Spur, and saw the first other hikers of the day descending the spur. The hike up to the wooded summit of Mount Tom was quick. We found the summit cairn, and an overlook, but the clouds obscured any views that may have been had.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2214 ft / 674 m
    Total Elevation Loss:331 ft / 100 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Cool and overcast with low visibility on the summit.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2214 ft / 674 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Avalon to A-Z to Tom Spur Trails
    Start Trailhead:Avalon Trail Head   1837 ft / 559 m
    Time:1 Hours 43 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:331 ft / 100 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Tom Spur
    End Trailhead:Willey Range Trail  3720 ft / 1133 m
    Time:29 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Willey Range 2010 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Tom2010-09-042214 ft / 675 m
2Mount Field2010-09-04600 ft / 183 m
3Mount Willey2010-09-04255 ft / 78 m
4Mount Field2010-09-04320 ft / 98 m
5Mount Avalon2010-09-0480 ft / 24 m
Total Trip Gain: 3469 ft / 1058 m    Total Trip Loss: 3469 ft / 1058 m

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