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9 days ago

Fun family trip with just the right mix of fun and challenge. Some steep and rocky parts but nothing too tough. I saw people of all ages - from young families with parents carrying babies in packs, to teens and seniors. Nice brook running up the side of the trail at some parts. Nice view st the summit. Can be a bit busy - not the trail you want if you prefer solitude. Well marked. Done with a 10 and 12 yr old, and 4 month old puppy. Nice canopy of trees to shine away the elements.

was a nice hike up today. under the canopy of the trees, air temp/humidity not bad for our group of 5 to make it in about an hour. the kids did fine, though one thought it was more steep than she expected. a great day

hiking
14 days ago

Took the trail behind the visitor center to the left. Hiked up 1.6 miles expecting to reach the top. At the end of the 1.6 miles there was another Mt Williard sign for .5 or .6 miles. With sunset coming I did not have the time for the extra leg. This website either needs better directions to the trailhead or to update the hike the 4.4 miles.

hiking
18 days ago

Definitely a family friendly hike on a well marked, gently sloping trail. Easy for even young children or seniors to climb. Beautiful views of the notch from the top.

365 degree views at the top make the elevation gain worth every step!

hiking
19 days ago

Love this! Amazing views make for a perfect spot for lunch.

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Excellent views, a good hike, this WAS a moderate trail, some great granite incline at the top. Have done some other moderate trails that should have been mod/hard. I'd give this a 4.5.

hiking
20 days ago

So much fun and the view is to die for !

hiking
20 days ago

This trail is relentless. False summit almost got me, quit a steep decline after that but kicks back up when you get close to the top. The view was limited but from what you can see boy it’s beautiful. I really enjoyed the hike, it’s as foresty as it gets. Smells like a Christmas tree the whole way. They say this is easy but I didn’t find it easy, I found it quite steep and strenuous. Left at 6:45am landed back at my car at 12:20.

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21 days ago

Great hike and view at top. 2 streams at beginning to cross and ledges at top that need to be careful with little ones.

hiking
24 days ago

Great, reasonably easy hike, fairly short but challenging enough to feel as if you still accomplished something, and you got a great view at the top! Took us about and hour each way taking our time. Quick warning, however, we went after two days of somewhat raining weather. These are very wet and muddy trails after rain. A couple of places we had to walk through shallow, moving creeks. We had our waterproof hiking shoes so the mud and water didn’t bother us, but saw many people with sneakers struggling to get through the creeks and mud on slippery rocks. This is not a sneaker trail!

hiking
24 days ago

Enjoyed the trail and the top has beautiful views. We are intermediate hikers and this is a moderate hike. Myself, my husband and daughter who is 17 did the hike and it took about 2 hours including breaks. Sharper incline at the bottom of the trail but levels off near the top. It’s great that there is a bathroom at the start of the trail!

Short hike but the view is excellent for the amount of work you put in. We squeezed this in as we were headed back home to MA, and it was perfect for the time crunch. We’re relatively fast hikers, and it took us about 40, 45 minutes up and a half hour down. Once we got to the top, the view was beautiful.

Beautiful view at the end!

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year old. I did not find this trail difficult and neither did either of my children. I personally would not rate it as moderate.
I think the differences of level of difficulty in the reviews is all perspective. The trail was extremely busy and I'm willing to bet most of the people we encountered are not regular hikers. I could see how this trail would be harder for someone who does not hike on a regular basis. If you find yourself on the trails weekly this is an easy and short hike.

Regardless of your experience level, age, or shape this is a completely doable hike with a great payoff at the top. The views are worth the time and effort.

Trailhead begins behind the AMC store/ train station across the tracks in Crawford Notch. There are several other trailheads near by so the whole area is extremely busy and parking spills out on to 302.

Don't pass by the waterfall about half mile up on the right.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful view at the top!

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike....not as easy as some make it sound. But I will tell you this, it was worth all the pain and suffering when I walked out and saw that view. Absolutely amazing

1 month ago

Short, relatively easy hike with a spectacular view from the top. Can be crowded but plenty of space to sit and enjoy the view. Saw a moose on 302 right before the AMC center as I was driving to get to this trailhead.

The best trail to walk if you’re looking for something flat that provides beautiful views of Mascoma Lake. I typically access it either by parking at the laundromat in Enfield or by parking in the lot on Ice House Road. Well used trail by many but in excellent condition.

Unreal views!

Very Busy this weekend, but the parking was good, trail was well maintained, and the view was awesome

Made this trail my first hike this summer. 7/16/18. Definitely challenging towards the top but the views are outstanding! Well marked also! My 4 year old did 75% of this trail on his own (it’s the top that’s hard) will definitely do it again down the road.

Great hike for a moderate pace. Spectacular views! Will return in the Fall.

easy hour or so hike.. moderate rock/scramble in the beginning that graduates off closer to summit.. good size crowd up there but plenty of room to feel private and have a bite .. the view is breathtaking

This hike is worth every step along the way! I am not in the best shape, but managed to hike up with some breaks in between. The trail is easy to follow, has a steady incline, and isn't too technical. The view at the top is amazing, with plenty of space to stop and chill out for a while. The trail was moderately trafficked (plenty of people of all ages and dogs along the trail) but had some periods of time alone to listen to the birds and check out the waterfalls along the way (Centennial Pool).

1 month ago

Nice and soft on your feet, rolling hills, beautiful lake supporting loons;we sat on a rock and watched the loons flew circles around our heads. a real show off.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with great views!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Views are amazing.

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