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Mt. Tom, Field, Willey triple peak bag out & back

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Dec 02 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Please read the entire description below before you RSVP to the hike.

While hiking is an enjoyable and pleasant activity, the safety of all hikers is the number one priority. It is important that every hiker is well-prepared for their own and everyone elses safety.

*Get warmed up for winter hiking with an out and back triple peak-bag hike to Mt. Tom*

The Trail

This hike covers three of the NH48 peaks at once. We will meet at the AMC Highland Center, spot some cars, and head a to Willey Station Road where we will begin this hike on the Ethan Pond Trail. We can make a small detour to Ripley Falls for those who haven't seen it yet. We will link up with the Willey range trail and take this to the summit of Mt. Willey. From here we continue over the summit of Mount Willey and hike for 1.4 miles until reaching the summit of Mt. Field. Well continue along the Willey Range Trail for a further 0.9 miles until coming to an intersection with the A-Z Trail. There will be a sign for Mount Tom Spur ahead. From here, the summit of Mt. Tom is 0.6 miles away. We will descend down the A-Z trail back to the Highland Center and pick up the cars.

The Mountains

Mt Willey has an elevation of 4285, Mt Field has an elevation of 4331, and Mt. Tom has an elevation of 4052. The total out and back hike is approximately 11.2 miles long (not including the Ripley Falls detour). At a pace of 1.5 miles/hr this should take 7.5-8 hours to complete. This trail as rated as moderate with a net elevation gain of 995 to the highest summit. It is up to you to know your capabilities.

Where & When

We will meet at the AMC Highland Center at 8:30 am, spot some cars, then drive to the Ethan Pond Trailhead in the Willey Station Rd. parking lot. This will allow us enough time to be back to the Highland Center by dark. (It is a good idea to bring a headlamp just in case - sunset is at 4:09 pm)

For up to date weather conditions visit https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Willey/forecasts/1297

What to Bring

You should bring any provisions you may need and do not count on anyone else having extra supplies. It is up to you to decide what you need as far as clothing, gear, and food. Bring enough water to keep you hydrated. Insulated wide mouth bottles dont freeze as easily as narrow mouth bottles or lines. You should wear warm layers, a rain/wind shell, warm hat and gloves, and 3-season or winter boots (don't bring trail runners). Microspikes will likely be needed as well. Please consider that it is early December when deciding how to dress and make sure you have the appropriate gear. Do not wear cotton. Given that sunset is early this time of year, it would be wise to bring a headlamp, or if you dont have one, a flashlight. Do not use a cell phone as a flashlight.

This link is helfpul when deciding what to wear/bring https://sectionhiker.com/winter-day-hiking-gear-list/

Directions

From central and south-central New Hampshire and Boston suburbs:

Take Interstate 93 North to Route 3 North (Exit 35).

Take Route 3 North to Route 302 East (near Twin Mountain).

Take Route 302 East approximately 10 miles to the Highland Center, located roadside right on Route 302. Continue past the Highland Center for Crawford Depot.

From eastern and southeastern New Hampshire (Portsmouth, etc.):

Take Spaulding Turnpike North to Route 16 North.

Take Route 16 to Route 302 West (in Glen).

Take Route 302 West approximately 21 miles to the Highland Center, located roadside left on Route 302, just past the Crawford Depot.


If anyone decides to carpool, use the comment section to make arrangements. Please check google maps for the best directions for you based on where you are coming from.

Additional Info

Please keep on you the emergency contact info of someone you know, just in case it is needed, as well as any medical allergies that may affect first aid treatment, in the event that you need it. It is also good practice to let someone know where you are going, what you are doing, and when you are expected to back. Hikers are expected to follow good hiking etiquette and respect the wilderness through which we will travel. Alpine vegetation is fragile; when above treeline stay on the trail or step on bare rock only.

Disclaimer

By sending your RSVP for this event you acknowledge that your participation is completely voluntary and you agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks and you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for being appropriately prepared in all aspects of knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; the organizer(s) and participants of this activity are volunteers; and you will hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons. Disclose to the event organizer anything that could hinder your ability to safely participate in this event or affect any 1st aid treatment in the event you should need it, such as allergies, medications or other medical issues. You are responsible for knowing if you are medically capable to participate in this event. Any information disclosed to the event organizer will be kept confidential.

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