Hiking Mt. Tom and Mt. Field

  • Anticipated ascent date: August 14 and 15, 2010
  • Hike leader: Carrie
  • Trails: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur Path, Willey Range Trail, Mt. Avalon Spur Path

So far, we've had the opportunity to experience steep rock scrambles on Mt Washington and speed hiking on Mt Hale - now it's time to up the ante with a full overnight backcountry adventure with Randy, Quinn, and the 2020 team! We aim to summit both Mt. Tom and Mt. Field loaded up with full packs and two days worth of food. These two mountains may not be the hardest 4Ks in the Whites, but they are a perfect place to test out Randy's new gear, Quinn's sleeping patterns, and our team's cooking skills. Since many of our hikes will be multi-day trips, we're looking forward to learning backcountry strategies to help us on future hikes.

Pre-hike links

"No Tom Foolery" by Randy
"Comfort is Heavy" by Carrie
"Pushing my Boundaries" by Tracy

Want to track our progress? Starting on the morning of August 14, you can track us with Spot Adventures, which receives GPS updates and messages from a device we will carry. We'll try to publish updates on Twitter and Facebook, but we can't guarantee cell reception!

Mt. Tom facts

  • Mt. Tom, rising to 4051 feet above sea level, is part of the Willey Range and is located in the town of Bethlehem, NH.
  • Mt. Tom is named after Thomas J. Crawford, a member of the family that originally opened Crawford Notch to visitors in the mid 1800s.
  • Mt. Tom is the lowest of the mountains in the Willey Range.

Mt. Field facts

  • Mt. Field, rising to 4340 feet above sea level, is the highest mountain in the Willey Range.
  • Mt. Field is named after Darby Field, who led the first recorded ascent of Mt. Washington in 1642.
  • In 1938, a hurricane hit Field & Tom, destroying trees and trails on both mountains.

Resource links

If you'd like to hike Mt. Tom and Mt. Field, we recommend these resources:

A note from Team 2020 to our fellow hikers

If you're thinking what we're thinking -- man, what a great day to hike! -- please be prepared. Pack adequate (and extra) gear, food and water; leave your trip plans with someone not on the trip; and respect Leave No Trace principles and the Hiker Responsibility Code. Also remember that most areas in the White Mountains limit hiking parties to ten members, maximum. Because Team 2020 hikes at full capacity, we can't accommodate unexpected trail meet-ups -- but we would love to share your stories and experiences! Be sure to let us know what trails you're hitting by posting to our blog, or emailing us directly.