The temperatures remained mild as I started my second hike on Saturday at 9:30am after driving to Crawford Notch after sledding down Tecumseh real quick. My goal was to bag Tom, Field, and Willey, and return to Lake Winnisquam to spend time with family through Sunday. The trails were once again in great shape. I saw hikers heading up the trail in show shoes so I put them on, but quickly took them off and wore Microspikes the rest of the day, and snowshoes were just training weight. There were a few other groups and pairs hiking in the Willey Range on Saturday. The weather was overcast and perfect for this hike, although I was lucky enough to catch a view on Avalon on my way out (above), since it was socked in on my first trip there in May.
|Snow bridge on Avalon Trail|
|View from the summit of Mt. Tom|
|One mile to Mt. Field on the Willey Range Trail|
|Me on Mt. Field for round two and winter list|
|View from Mt. Willey outlook|
As I said, on the way out, I stopped at Avalon to peep the view I didn't get before (It's a 52 With a View peak), and after that, I continued down and completed the hike in 4hrs 45min. I was back at the lake before dinner. I was feeling great having thought this was the perfect warm-up hike for what was to come on Monday.
Trails: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail,
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft
Book Time: 4hrs 45 minutes