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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.

"MAY YOUR TROUBLES BE LESS AND YOUR BLESSINGS BE MORE,
AND NOTHING BUT HAPPINESS COME THROUGH YOUR DOOOR." ............. irish saying
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:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
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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