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NH4K - Mt. Tom via Avalon & A-Z trails (MODERATE)

I will be in the valley this wknd and this is an orphan for me so going to take a quick jaunt to Mt Tom (4,051').  I thought I'd post in case anyone is in a similar situation.  The plan is to hike 5.8 miles and climb roughly 2,250 feet.  I expect the core trip to take 4 hours or less.  If there are people who would like to add Mt. Field (4,340') and Mt. Willey (4,285') and are willing to provide a car spot, I am open to making the bigger loop.

We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.

Please read the entire event description before you RSVP. It is important, not only for your safety, but that of the entire group.

Meeting time is 7:45 am. We will be on the trail at 8:00am.

On this fast pace trip we will use Avalon Trail starting at the Crawford Depot for one mile to the A-Z Trail. If there is interest, I am open to continuing on Avalon to the Mt. Avalon (3,442) summit. If not, we will follow A-Z Trail another mile to the Mt. Tom spur, which takes us 0.6 mile to the Mt Tom summit.  Unless there is interest in adding Field and Willey with a car spot, we will then return via the same route.  There does not seem to be very impressive views from the summt.

We will hike about 5.8 miles and climb about 2,250 feet. It should take us approximately 4 hours or less to complete depending on group composition and breaks. 

Guests & Dogs

I don't really have a problem with bringing guests, but it makes sense that they join Meetup (free) and RSVP.  Obedient dogs that can be controlled when confronting other dogs on the trail are welcome.


Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.

Current conditions :

Below is a list describing the recommended required items to participate in this event. Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to.

Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.

Footwear: Waterproof hiking boots with synthetic or wool socks. Gaiters to keep the mud, water, and rocks out of your boots. You may want water shoes for the crossings.

Clothing: Dress in synthetics, fleece, and/or wool layers to easily regulate body temperature. Make sure your layers fit comfortably over each other. DO NOT WEAR COTTON - while cotton is a great insulator when it is dry, once wet it doesn't dry easily and it rapidly conducts heat away from the body.

Outerwear:Rain jacket and fleece/warmer layer just in case.

Food and Water: Bring high-energy snacks, food for lunch - pack extra "just in case". Bring enough water to stay properly hydrated during the trip. bottles (e.g. nalgene), or a hydration bladder.

Shelter: Be prepared to spend a night in the woods if you have to. Options include an ultralight tarp, a bivy sack, or an emergency space blanket (which packs small and weighs just ounces).

Other Essential Gear: Map and compass - don't just bring them know how to use them. Plastic whistle. Headlamp with two sets of spare batteries). Personal first aid kit with an emergency space blanket. Small pocket knife or multi-purpose tool. Matches or wind-proof lighter and fire starter. Toilet kit (e.g. hand sanitizer, toilet paper and a zip-lock bag to pack out your used personal hygiene items). Sunscreen. Lip balm. Sunglasses. Waterproof cover for your pack.

Optional Items: Trekking poles. Camera.

Any carpooling is each person’s responsibility to arrange.

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at

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  • Tom P.

    Great trip, we added Field & Willey so that Brian could bag #s 32 and #33! Nice going Brian! Add on Avalon and still finished the entire loop in just over 5 hours. GPS link here (it continues a few miles down route 16 because I didn't get it shut off at the car...):

    August 26, 2013

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