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Mount Willard Hike

Crawford Notch State Park

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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Mount Willard Hike

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  • Trailhead is behind Crawford Depot.- Mount Willard Hike
  • The trail starts on the Avalon Trail before splitting off.- Mount Willard Hike
  • Typical trail to Mount Willard.- Mount Willard Hike
  • Approaching the summit ledge.- Mount Willard Hike
  • View from Mount Willard.- Mount Willard Hike
  • Mount Willard summit.- Mount Willard Hike
  • Taking in the view from Mount Willard.- Mount Willard Hike
  • The hike is suitable for a range of ages. Route 302 down below.- Mount Willard Hike
  • Mount Washington from Mount Willard.- Mount Willard Hike
  • Mount Willard's open ledge is a great picnic spot.- Mount Willard Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Good for kids. Steady, gradual ascent.
Cons: 
Popular trailhead. Crowded on summer weekends.
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Region:
White Mountains, NH
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
985.00 ft (300.23 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.20 mi (5.15 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,880.00 ft (573.02 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Mount Willard is one of several hiking trails in the Crawford Notch area, and it offers a fantastic view from the open ledges on the summit. The trail begins behind the historic Crawford Notch Depot and across the railroad tracks, where you can check out the Macomber Family Information Center on your way in or out to learn more about the history of the area. There is a gift shop, restrooms, showers, and picnic tables at the trailhead and a small, scenic lake across the highway. If you’re looking to spend the night and make a weekend stay in Crawford Notch, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center is within walking distance and offers lodging, meals, and educational programs for all ages.

The trail up Mount Willard starts out on the Avalon Trail and breaks off to the left after the first tenth of a mile. The trail ascends steadily on a wide path and is never very steep, making it a great option for children and beginners. Pass the Centennial Pool and a small waterfall along the way, and step out on to the open summit ledge to peer down into the carved out glacial gorge below. Mount Wiley and Mount Webster rise up on either side of you, creating a dramatic landscape with Route 302 running across the valley floor. Turn around to see Mount Washington through an opening in the trees and, during the fall, the colorful foliage fading from yellow and orange below to the evergreen of the higher elevations.

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