Note: For complete trail descriptions, times, elevation, trailhead directions, and major features, see the AMC White Mountain Guide or try our new White Mountain Guide Online.
Mt. Field (4340’) is the highest peak within the Willey Range, which rises from the western boundary of Crawford Notch State Park.
Moderate: Beginning at AMC’s Highland Center, take the Avalon Trail, which tags Mt. Avalon (3342’) before intersecting with the summit of Mt. Field and the Willey Range Trail. The Willey Range Trail links Mt. Field to Mt. Tom (4051’) to the north and Mt. Willey (4285’) to the south.
The AMC’s Highland Center and Shapleigh Bunkhouse are open year-round, offering meals and overnight accommodations.
The AMC’s Ethan Pond Campsite is located at the base of Mt. Willey, along the Ethan Pond Trail.
The AMC’s Hiker Shuttle stops at the nearby AT/Webster Cliff Trailhead, connecting hikers with the Highland Center and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.
Safety in Summer and early Fall
The AMC recommends all hikers check weather conditions in advance, carry a current map and guidebook, along with a compass and knowledge of how to use it. For recommendations on how to plan a safe hike in the White Mountains, see: The 10 essentials for a safe and pleasant hike.
Winter Hiking on Mt. Field
Winter hiking anywhere in the White Mountains requires specialized equipment and skills, and experience in coping with weather, navigation, and winter gear. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above treeline. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on Mt. Field are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. Hikers interested in extending their activities into winter are strongly advised to seek out organized trips with leaders who have extensive winter experience. Several AMC chapters offer winter hiking and backpacking instruction, and AMC offers several guided winter mountaineering trips; search for "Instruction" in AMC's activity listings. Helpful information can also be found in the AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping.
Mt. Field is named after Darby Field, leader of the first record ascent of Mt. Washington.