The climb is fairly easy and the summit can be accessed from several trails. You can easily climb both Mount Tom and Mount Willey (two other 4,000 footers of New Hampshire) in one day. Also, if you are into peakbagging, you can nail Mount Avalon and Mount Willard (two mountains less than 4,000 feet) and still have some daylight remaining, even in the shorter days of winter.
The trails to Mount Field are well marked and you will hike through some very beautiful New Hampshire forests on the way to the summit. There are several nice stream crossings with waterfalls as well.
Getting ThereStarting from North Conway, take Route 302 northwest to the Crawford Depot which is on the left side of the road. The depot is a train station. You can park free of charge (this was the case in November, 2003) at the Crawford Depot. (And is still the case now in 2007 -TLP)
Red TapeI have never got a permit while hiking in the White Mountains. Parking was free when I did this climb. I have noted that other SP mountain pages reference fees for parking when using the trails.
Just be sure to park at the depot and not the AMC Highlands Center. -TLP
When To ClimbMount Field can be climbed year round. Snow shoes or crampons may be required for winter climbs. Prepare for extreme conditions when climbing in the winter and dress accordingly.
CampingSeveral miles to the south of Crawford Depot / 13 miles north of Bartlett, New Hampshireis a camp-site named Dry River Campground. This is a state run campground. There are (31) primitive sites available for $13 per night.
Check links on this page for additional information on Dry River Campground.
Mountain ConditionsCheck out the Mt. Washington web cam to get an idea of current conditions. Mount Field is very close to Mount Washington.
Check out links on this page for additional information on conditions in this area.
If you purchase the AMC White Mountain Guide book, it has the necessary maps for all trails in this area and they were more than adequate for route finding and planning.
- Mount Washington
Tons of good data on local conditions.
- New England Ice
Current ice climbing conditions.
- Dry River Campgrounds
Local campground information.