Ascent of Mount Field-Northwest Summit on 2014-08-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Field-Northwest Summit
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4280 ft / 1304 m

Ascent Trip Report

A clockwise loop trail-hike to 4 peaks ..... 7.4 miles, 5h20 hours RT including all stops.

I came here to do this clockwise trail loop-hike primarily to bag Mount Field-Northwest Summit ..... the only outstanding peak in my PB List "North East USA Triple Divide Points".
The loop-hike is a typical White Mountain trail hike (rocky and steep in places).

I left the TH at Crawford Notch southbound on the Avalon Trail 1.8 miles to MOUNT AVALON, where it continues southbound for another 1 mile and climbs/ends at the T-Junction with the Willey Range Trail (44.19683,-71.43403). A left turn on the Willey Range trail took me southeast 100 yards to the MOUNT FIELD summit with a huge cairn.

I returned to the T-Junction and continued northwest on the Willey Range trail 125 yards to its height-of-land with the MOUNT FIELD-NORTHWEST SUMMIT visible to the left (west) inside the dense woods. Look for the largest rock on the trail, a herd path climbs left 10 yards to the obvious wooded summit, my GPS 44.19698,-71.43507 (3 miles from TH).

I continued/descended westbound on the Willey Range trail .9 miles to a right (north) on the A-Z trail, then at 80 yards picked up the Mount Tom Spur trail westbound (left) .6 miles to the MOUNT TOM summit (4.5 miles from the TH).
I descended back to the A-Z trail (.6 miles) then continued north on the A-Z/Avalon Trail (2.3 miles) to the TH at Crawford Notch .... for a total loop distance of 7.4 miles.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:willey range tr wb from mount field
    Start Trailhead:mount field  4250 ft / 1295 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:willey tr wb to mount tom
    End Trailhead:mount tom  
Ascent Part of Trip: field 1

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Avalon2014-08-21 a1550 ft / 472 m
2Mount Field2014-08-21 b1000 ft / 305 m
3Mount Field-Northwest Summit2014-08-21 c30 ft / 9 m
4Mount Tom2014-08-21 d371 ft / 113 m
Total Trip Gain: 2951 ft / 899 m    Total Trip Loss: 371 ft / 113 m

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