This is a short hike up to the summit of Mount Willard, which overlooks the beautiful Crawford Notch.

This hike begins at the trailhead behind Crawford Depot. The first 1/4 mile of the trail is relatively level. You will cross two small streams before the trail begins to steepen. For much of the trek up to the top of the mountain you will be following an abandoned carriage road. Along the side of the trail you will come across a small waterfall that makes for a good photo opportunity. The most rewarding part of this hike is, of course, the summit. The view from the top of Mt Willard is one of the best in the White Mountains. On the right you will see Mt Willey (4284') and on the left you will see Mt Webster (3910'). Between the two is the deep glacial gorge that is the Crawford Notch. This panoramic scene is one you will never forget.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Hiking Boots
  • Backpack
  • Camera
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RT Distance 3.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 950 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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Great Short Hike

If you're in the area and looking for a short hike Mt. Willard is perfect. Despite being a lower elevation peak the views from the summit are beautiful. If going in the summer there is a swimming hole on the way up!


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