Ascent of Mount Avalon on 2012-05-05

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Saturday, May 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Avalon
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3440 ft / 1048 m

Ascent Trip Report

I visited Tom, Field and Willey starting near the AMC Highland Center on Route 302, taking the Avalon Trail and A-Z Trail to the Tom Spur. After descending Mt. Tom, I took the Willey Range Trail over Field and to Willey, where I turned around. I made the descent back to my starting point via the Avalon Trail from Mt. Field, making the scramble up Mt. Avalon to take a peek at the view. I didn't stay on Avalon long, as I was getting concerned about the daylight situation (but of course I always carry a couple of headlamps, should one be needed).

I encountered some mud and flowing water, and plus the monorail wasn't completely melted at higher elevations, but overall the trails were not bad for a spring day. I considered using the microspikes as the monorail tended to be stable and slippery, but I never did. The monorail sections were fairly brief, and whenever I walked around it, I tried to avoid stepping on the moss and other vegetation.

Before this hike, I did a trail run to check out Frankenstein Cliff and Arethusa Falls, also highly recommended.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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