Sunday, July 17, 2011

#12 Mt. Tom May 22, 2009

#12 Mt. Tom (4,052') via Avalon, A-Z and Mt. Tom Spur trails - May 22, 2009. 

Mileage:  5.6 miles (RT)

Elevation gain:  2,150'

Trailhead:  Trail starts across behind Crawford Depot on Route 302, about 8.5 miles east of the junction of Rt. 3 and Rt. 302 (Twin Mountain), 0.1 mile after the Highland Center. 

Lessons learned:  Clothing and gear should be securely fastened to your pack.  

Hiked with Ann and Patty.  The trail was muddy with a little snow on the spur trail.  Neither Ann nor Patty had hiked in a while but it was a fine day and we took our time (though a few expletives were uttered).  

Mt. Tom Spur is just off the A-Z trail.
We arrived at the overlook around noon and thought it was the summit. We had lunch there and took some photos.  

Hanging on the summit with Patty and Ann.
I remembered the real summit was in the woods so before we headed back to the car, we took the 500’ trail off to the right to find the wooded summit and cairn.  

We flew down the trail back to the car and in the process, Patty lost her fleece jacket.  We backtracked a bit but the jacket was nowhere to be found.  

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