Explore the most popular birding trails in Crawford Notch State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was pretty awesome!! The falls where all breath taking, especially the big one, such a beauty! Took the yellow track, it was good and challenging. Coming down is steep and slippery, the leaves would make me fall on my bottom even with hiking boats and sticks. If you see a empty train track, take a right, then follow the blue and yellow signs to the lot!! Loved it overall.

Amazing hike! make sure you do Bemis brook (yellow trail) that shoots off of the blue trail. Its a steep climb at the end but very rewarding as there is two beautiful waterfalls.

This is NOT a moderate trail. Very difficult due to sharp ascent pretty much 90% of the trail. All pretty much rock stairs up. Nice views though. Just not a leisurely hike up.

Nice hike, falls we're beautiful, full of water.

Great hike and waterfall! Great time of year to check it out :)

hiking
8 days ago

The beginning of this trail is currently under water and will take some creative maneuvering/ bushwacking to get past the first few hundred feet. There also seems to be a bridge out over a brook near the bottom, but it was a relatively easy crossing. Overall, a great hike, challenging but worth it for the great views. A little bit of snow near the top in places but it will be gone soon.

Hiked this one a couple of years ago. A difficult climb in places, spectularly rewarding at the falls, which are exquisite. The hike back to the world is less taxing and quite pleasant. pack snacks and lots of water.

We hiked Mt. Willard yesterday (05/08/2018). The streams at the base that you must cross have flooded their Banks, but with a little creativity you can stay dry. The lower portion of the trail is a straight incline up a wet, rock strewen track. As you rise the snow monorail becomes more consistent, and a bit slippery in places. most of the top third of the trail is snow covered but relatively easy. The top is snow free. A granite facing looks out across Crawford Notch. To the far left you can catch a glimpse of Mt. Washington. Great hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing! Falls were full with spring run-off. First 2-300 yards is moderate then trail levels off until the falls.
We were unable to cross at the splash basin because of current and wet rocks.
Takes about an hour or so in and about 40 mins out. (Sign at road says 20 mins.)
Beautiful falls, my second time. Will go again!

hiking
14 days ago

Excellent hike. Very icy sections this time of year but the falls are great. Properly equipped you will have a great time. Just FYI, the first bridge is out, but the rocks gave a decent path across.

This time of year this is absolutely an advanced hike. It is steep for almost the entirety and the packed snow and ice gives way regularly. There is an area where you have to cross over a downed tree to get across the engorged river cascade and plenty of areas where you can hear the water running under your feet. Bring traction and remember to test each step, because you might fall through into water! The payoff though...absolutely DIVINE!! You can see outrageously far in every direction from the summit. Maybe I'll save this one for the summer in the future!!

Summited Wiley this morning around 11:30 via the Ethan Pond Trail I wanted to get Field and Tom as well, but the cloud cover was still pretty dense. Beyond the cairn, around the next bend to the right, it was pretty much pea soup. As of today, all the streams are still easily crossed, but the posthole danger is very high, especially on the snow bridges over the streams. The first two sections of stairs were an easy walk-up, but I could have used an axe or two on the upper ones, as they were still ice-covered. All in all, beautiful trail, nicely maintained!

An amazing trail. Bemis brook brings you by two more falls, and Arethusa falls are amazing! It's a bit of a challenge but continuing onto the Frankenstein Cliff portion gives you amazing views of the mountains surrounding the area!!! It's definitely worth the trek, and one of my favorites!

We went in late April, still lots of snow on the trail. I was not expecting anywhere near the amount of water to be flowing on the falls. Incredible. We hiked up half way through rain and it was worth every step. Take the Bemis brook trail up before joining the arethusa falls trail 0.5 mi up—you get two bonus falls, but a lot more unsure footing!!

great hike. With a few inches of new snow it was beautiful. Just right. we used Microspikes and were fine. Met some with snowshoes but we did fine by 10:30 on the way down snow was a bit soft. Great day.

Fantastic views. Good for all hiking levels.

I didn’t start this one to early afternoon so i knew i had to move if i didn’t want this to be a full night decent, but when i go to the top it was one of the most amazing sunsets i’ve ever seen, definitely worth the wait if you don’t mind hiking down in the dark!

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty icy. A beautiful hike. After moving from AZ this was quite a change for me. Trust in the God of Crampons (lol) and keep going. It was 30mph winds on the peak and quite cold. Make sure you watch your footing when you hit the rocks near the summit. Those are slippery, else this was a straightforward hike and it's impossible to stray off path.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike; continuous and easy elevation gain, trail easy to follow, and decent views. Even with the new snow the trail is pretty well packed down and quick to hike. Took about 40 mins to summit from trail head. Just wore winter boots and had trek poles. Crampons are not necessary.


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Surprisingly easy hike, the trail steadily ascends the mountain at an easy-to-moderate grade. At the top, when you find yourself looking into Crawford Notch, 1,000 feet below, you'll be surprised that you hiked all the way up from there. The summit has unique views, however, it also has an enormous cliff, so be cautious if you have children or are afraid of heights.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful hike, especially in the winter time. I had no view at the summit due to whiteout conditions but the trails were just as beautiful. I took the Kendron Flume trail to the Willey Range trail. The trail is quite a challenge in the winter so be sure to bring micro spikes or crampons and a ice axe!

on Mount Willard Trail

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Gentle climb.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike if you're new to winter hiking (or a veteran). Used microspikes the whole way up and down as well as hiking poles for added balance. Well labeled trail, impossible to get off track. Persistently back and forth between steep and moderate. Summit was extremely windy but great views. Top is quite icy, both me and my partner slipped and fell while climbing down from the summit but not a big deal. Grey Jay birds are prominent here and love to eat from your hand!

on Mount Willard Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail for walking the Dog before leaving her behind for a day of skiing at Bretton Woods! This would also be a great trail for families with elementary aged children to introduce their kids to hiking(there is even a great picnic place up top).

Pros: Easy and accessible in the winter.

Good views (especially considering the effort)

The trail steadily ascents at a gentle incline.

Cons:
I was surprised how busy the trail was considering it was end of February on a Tuesday (although it was NH school vacation week). I can imagine this place would get packed in the summer.

hiking
2 months ago

one of my favorite views! well marked, and well groomed. steady incline. would be suitable for any level hiker - just take your time if you are a beginner! our puppy did great! huge reward for a shorter hike. happy trails!

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing view! It's a great winter hike for beginners, I am incredibly out of shape so I struggled slightly in the snow. But it was totally manageable.

This was a great trail. We are beginners and found it well worth the hike to see the falls. They were completely frozen where we were standing on the falls. next time we need to complete the loop. Weather was getting a bit gloomy this day.

Amazing winter hike! We used microspikes the whole way, carrying snowshoes. Temps were relatively balmy (read: teens) below treeline. Once we were exposed, we made a quick dash for the summit and returned back to trees ASAP. Winds were estimated at a -20 windchill up there. Absolutely beautiful!

I went on a rather cold day a few weeks ago and broke trail. I would not consider this trail hard. I did the loop, coming from Arethusa Falls. It’s rather moderate, considering other trails in the area. It was hard only because we had to break trail, almost the entire loop. Although now there is probably mostly ice left..

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike, the birds on the summit will fly into your hand if you give them a snack. Great view from the top.

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