Mount Tom – White Mountains, NH
The way we did this trip was with two cars and we parked one at the end of the A-Z trail, well specifically at the Saco Lake parking section which is near the AMC highland center. Then we drove the second car to the trail head on Willey Station Road (look for signs for the AT and Ripley Falls). We started on the Ethan Pond Trail which is also the Appalachian Trail and headed toward the Willey Range Trail. The first mile wasn’t too hard but the last mile was pretty steep to Mount Willey.
After the summit of Willey (which is marked by a giant Cairn, no views at the summit) we Continued on the Willey Range Trail to Mount Field. The section in between wasn’t too difficult but, definitely, steep getting up to Mount Field. Mount Field didn’t have views at the summit but did have a lookout off to the side. From Mount Field we continued on the Willey Range Trail to Mount Tom. Just like Mount Willey and Mount Field, no views at the summit but some nice outlook spots nearby.
Mount Tom was a little confusing where the summit was but if you hang left on the trail you’ll see the cairn and if you go right it’s an outlook. Also, there is another outlook if you continue straight after reaching the summit. We saw lots of pups on the hike and was pretty dog-friendly. It didn’t require much climbing of boulders and I never had to help Java up any of the climbs. There were rocky sections so be mindful of your pup’s paws!