Mount Willard Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Carroll, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
From I-93 exit 35 near Franconia Notch, follow US Route 3 (North) about 11 miles to the junction of US Route 302 in Twin Mountain, turn right on US Route 302 (East) about 8.7 miles. Trailhead is located behind the railroad depot (AMC Crawford Notch Visitors Center).
Hiking with the kids, over 50 degrees on this gorgeous February day, had to shed the layers all the way up! Great trail for kids!
One of my first hikes and I've done this one a few times. Great for beginners, beautiful views for a fairly easy hike. I prefer to go early as it gets busy!
Park in the AMC Highland Center parking lot or along the snow banks of 302 - they do not plow the Crawford Notch train station parking lot where the trail begins in the winter. The trail is packed down with a nice gradual incline all the way to the top. Quick and easy. The view is amazing - if it's clear go near the edge, look directly left and you can see the observation station at the top of Mt. Washington. Release your inner child - bring a plastic sled and ride all the way to the bottom!
gorgeous views, easy hike. definitely a good one for the whole family to do. can't wait to do it again
A great day for hiking/snowshoeing, but not a great day for a view. Still gorgeous though! Well marked trail. Will definitely return.
Great hike! I would say this is more on the easy side since it's a gradual incline the whole way up. And it's pretty quick - took us an an hour and 15 min with multiple breaks (first hike in awhile) and only a half hour to get down. Definitely had to use micro spikes. Was a cloudy day but still a beautiful hike in the winter. Can't wait to go again and actually see the view!
Good easy winter hike! Low grade!
Great little hike. Don't plan your day around it though, it took less than an hour and a half in the winter. I would say you would rarely need spikes. Great little vista at the top of the trail!
Hiked Mount Willard in the beginning of December and it felt like a winter wonderland. Saw a few friendly hikers along the way. Something I liked was that there were just enough hikers there but not over populated and still enjoy the peacefulness of nature.
Beautiful, easy hike!
Excellent family hike even with some snow. We lucked out with the weather since it was cold enough that it wasn't muddy and the trees were covered with a snow down to the trunks, making for gorgeous views all the way up. Hearing the kids (7 & 9) say "whoa!" when we popped out at the summit and saw the view made it more than worth it. Some low cloud cover, but the views were still great. Snowy tree-tops made it unique. Friendly, light traffic on the trail (Sunday), many with 1 or more dogs. Kids liked navigating the two small water crossings at the start of the trail and the hair/needle ice crystals at the trail's edge. Popped in at the AMC Center for a patch. Another successful November hike in the White Mountains.
Very snowy easy walk past train tracks to get to trailhead. Was snowing about 2" the last time we went and was very chilly at the summit! Beautiful view and easy for almost anyone.
Easy hike for an amazing view !!