Avalon Trail

New Hampshire

Distance3.8mi
Elevation Gain3,384ft
Trailhead Elevation1,905ft
Top4,284ft
Elevation Min/Max1891/4284ft
Elevation Start/End1905/1905ft

Avalon Trail

Avalon Trail is a hiking trail in Coös County and Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 3.8 miles long and begins at 1,905 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,384 feet. A-Z Trailhead (elevation 1,903 feet) and another parking are near the trailhead. There is also a parking. Mount Avalon (elevation 3,399 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Mount Willey (elevation 4,242 feet). This trail connects with the following: A-Z Trail, Mt Willard Trail, Cascade Loop and Willey Range Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Robert N. Buchsbaum
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"The narrow summit of Mount Avalon provides excellent views of Crawford Notch, the Willey Range, and the southern Presidentials, including Mount Washington. For much of its length, the Mount Avalon Trail follows Crawford Brook, with some particularly attractive cascades." Read more
Hiking the White Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Lisa Densmore
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"A short hike to a big view of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range, with some lovely cascades en route." Read more

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6/16/2018
This trail crosses a brook which wasn't too bad when we went as far as the water level.The hike is steep and rocky so you need to be in good shape, or take your time doing it. The views from the top are really nice. There's also a nice waterfall you can find on the Avalon Trail called the Beecher's and Pearl Cascades.
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7/12/2017
Great trail with a steep rocky section near the end. Best go in dry weather so you don't slip on rocks. Canopy kept out the hot sun well. Rewarding view at the top of the Notch and Mt. Washington
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6/30/2009
This was the only day on our journey to New Hampshire when it didn't rain. We were fortunate as the weather conditions were agreeable the entire day. Started out around 9:15am at Pinkham Notch and summitted in 4 hours. Happy to have used our telescoping trekking poles which we put in our packs when hands free became the better option. Took Tuckerman Ravine trail to Lion Head for ascent as Tuckerman Ravine was closed due to ice sheets. Took same trip down. We agreed that this "hike" was truly a climb and is definitely a difficult physical challenge. We are a 45 year old married couple who ran the NYC marathon together in November. We compared the feeling of our legs after Mt. Washington to the post marathon feel. It is not for the inexperienced. We packed pants, fleece, hat, gloves, 2 gatorades each, gel packs, and PBJs for eating at the summit. The hike/climb down was a bit over 3 hours and was physically challenging too. You must have stamina to experience this unforgettable trail and summit. It is very rocky terrain nearly the entire way. The reward and satisfaction are immeasurable though.
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6/9/2009
Actually , My party decided to take the Lions Head trail, given the trail closure signs and the promise for exceptional views. We were not disappointed. The view in the first ascent/clearing after Hermit Lake was exceptional. However, the path from the Alpine garden junction proved arduous, especially as the weather deteriorated. At the point of summit capture, my younger colleagues were very concerned over my well being. I only had my family to think of, and I thought of them as I stumbled over the threshold toward the summit center. Our mistake- not enough caloric intake. I had 2 turkey sandwiches and we left our candy bars at Hermit Lake. I'm lucky to have made it to the summit. I have no regrets. I will likely go again to tackle Huntington Ravine, once I am more seasoned. This was my first hike in 10 years, and it was a formidable challenge. I am both humble and proud to have gained the summit of Mount Washington.
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1/15/2009
This is possibly the best trail in New Hampshire for winter hiking. We did the roundtrip - up and back - in 7 hours in Crampons. The beginning of the trail is rather straghtforward, well walked and packed, and a relatively low grade. Then all of a sudden you are in the bowl - Wow! Completely ice covered and spectacular. Trail blazing in winter is non-existent in winter, so you need a good GPS or a guide. We went up in some of the best winter weather ever, but the trail is impossible to discern by markers or cairns. The ascent up the side of the bowl is a crampon-only event in winter - very steep and slick. Of course, the big challenge of Mt Washington is the bad and changeable weather, so dont attempt this without full 'sleep-out/survival' gear in winter, because a nice day can close in and become a storm within 30 minutes. If you get stranded it is a relatively short walk to the west to the AMC hut at Lake of the Clouds. There is no better walk in NH, enjoy?
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10/4/2008
This is an amazing trail which affords many great views of the ravine as you ascent Mount Washington. Personally, I branch off of Tuckerman Ravine trail and opt for Lion Head on the ascent, and then return via Tuckerman Ravine for the trip down. Extremely rewarding hike, but be forewarned... not for the inexperienced. I am not an expert, but on the first trip, we were held back by a less experienced hiker and were unable to reach the summit due to time and a developing storm. The person who held us back was a fit, athletic person... however the trail is relentless in its ascent and endurance is far more necessary than strength. The trail is extremely rocky and can be very slick in wet conditions, which can happen at anytime due to Washington's notorious weather. Overall, I love this mountain and I love this route, but it is a difficult trail which should not be taken lightly.
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8/20/2008
Great winter climb. Bring ice screws. Many options on the way to the top
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8/19/2008
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8/5/2008
Tucks is the most popular trail to the summit of Mt. Washington. It is steady but unrelenting into the bowl, then steep up the ravine headwall. Very exposed on the headwall to the summit. Requires good conditioning on the part of the hiker. Tuckerman crossover leads to Lakes of the Clouds Hut.
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7/29/2008
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Trail Information

Moderate
Skill Level
White Mountain National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Crawford Notch Quad
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018