Mount Avalon is a 3,430 foot mountain located in Grafton County in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The beginning of the trail to reach the summit of Mount Avalon is fairly straight forward with moderate grades most of the way. The last portion of the trail is a rather short, but steep climb.
Elevation: 3,430 feet
Elevation gain: 1,417 feet
Distance: 3.4 miles roundtrip
Duration (book time): 3 hours
Mount Avalon Trail
Once at the Crawford notch depot, cross over the railroad tracks and look for the sign marking the trailhead. There will be a junction with Mount Willard trail, stay right at the sign to continue along the Mount Avalon Trail. The trail crosses over many streams and is relatively flat for the first portion. After hiking for roughly 1 mile, you will take a sharp left turn where the trail steepens and climbs up rocky terrain. Continue for 0.4 miles until reaching the summit of Mount Avalon. To descend, retrace your steps until you reach the train depot where you began.
Loop Hike Option
For a longer hike, you can continue on the Avalon Trail and summit Mount Field and Mount Willey, making a long loop hike. A loop trail hitting three 4,000′ peaks, and Mount Avalon. From AMC Highland Center, head west on A-Z Trail until you reach the summit of Mount Tom. Here, you will head southwest on Willey Range Trail to Mount Field and Mount Willey summits. Here, head north to reach the summit of Mount Field. You will then head northeast on the Avalon Trail until reaching the summit of Mount Avalon. To descend, follow the Avalon Trail back down to the Highland Center parking area.
Distance: 9 miles roundtrip
Elevation gain: 3,257 feet
Duration (book time): 7 hours
Camping and overnight hiking options
If you travel further down the road from Crawford Notch Highland Center there is the Dry River Campground for camping options. There are 31 primitive campsites available, each costing $13 per night. Reservations may be required during busy months.
Mount Avalon is an excellent winter hike, and easy accessible. The last section of the trail is rather steep, so crampons or microspikes are recommended.
The parking area for the Mount Avalon Trail is located off route 302, directly next to the AMC Crawford Center and directly behind the depot train station. There is a small parking area at the train station, and plenty of roadside parking available.
To get to the Mount Avalon Trail parking area
Take Route 302 northwest to the Crawford Depot which will be on the left side of the road. The AMC Highland Center is located nearby. There is adequate parking here. The actual depot is a train station.
Weather & Forecast
The majority of the Avalon Trail is below tree line, making it less exposed to the elements. You should always check the forecast before heading out and be prepared for inclement weather.
Sunny, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -1. North wind around 15 mph.
Mostly clear. Low around 3, with temperatures rising to around 10 overnight. Wind chill values as low as -3. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as -1. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Southeast wind around 10 mph.
A slight chance of sleet and a slight chance of freezing rain between 7am and 8am, then a chance of freezing rain and a slight chance of sleet between 8am and 9am, then a chance of sleet and a chance of freezing rain between 9am and noon, then freezing rain likely and a chance of sleet between noon and 1pm, then rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.
Freezing rain likely before 7pm, then sleet likely and a chance of freezing rain between 7pm and 9pm, then snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible. Little or no ice accumulation expected.
A chance of snow before 1pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.