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

Difficulty: Moderate

Trails

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.

Trail Map

Mount Avalon Trail Map

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

Difficulty: Strenuous

Mount Avalon Trail Map

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.

Winter hiking

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.

Parking

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.

Directions

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.

Bartlett, NH

Overnight
Mostly clear, with a low around 54. North wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday
A slight chance of rain showers after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday
A chance of rain showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. West wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Wednesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thursday
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday Night
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Additional photos

Mount Avalon Trail

Mount Avalon Views

Photo credit – Tim Sackton