Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Nice hike. Get more view for the “work” you have to do.

hiking
8 days ago

Moderate hike with some steeper sections in the final third. There were ladders going over the steepest sections. The summit itself is entirely wooded with a small cairn. However, there is a nice outlook right before the summit itself. Most of the hike was icy/packed snow, so micro spikes are definitely recommended.

Well marked trail. Very rocky and filled of roots. Definitely suggest spikes. Nice views and plenty of Gray Jay's on the trail! Would definitely do this trail again in nicer weather!

hiking
14 days ago

One of the best short hikes in the Whites. The view at the end is unreal and almost looks like you're in a different part of the world. Poles would have helped coming down.

Hiked on 10/26/18–small amounts of snow and places of ice on higher elevations. Excellent hike—more moderate than hard for elevation gain. Many roots and some rocks. Take the Bemis trail to see two additional falls and walk the Falcon ridge cut off for an additional scenic view. Arethusa falls great to see amongst the ice. Part way along the Frankenstein cliff trail before the falcon ridge cut off you’ll be able to get an excellent view of Mt. Washington.

hiking
28 days ago

Went yesterday. Started out on Ethan Pond Trail and then went up Mt. Willey. Summit is a pile of rocks in the tree lines. There's was very little snow and ice on the ground. In the first 1.6 miles, lots of fallen leaves. The section after has the snow/ice. It was a good hike. Moderate in the beginning and steep near the top. You have to climb up roughly 6 man-made ladders. Because of snow and ice while climbing them.

at the end the path took me offtrail, there was no way to cross the river as well

It is pleasant hike with no surprises. Rocky path most of the way which I don’t like too much. The view is good but not great. But the trail head is at the beautiful train station, and 5 miles away from the Great Mt Washington Hotel , or other name now: so worth the trip.

Beautiful scenic hike offering steep terrain in areas and views that make it worth it.

The trail is a challenging enough workout, steep midway. I was fortunate enough for a friend to tell me to “keep to the right “. The slabs in the upper area can be confusing and easy to get lost. It lacks big enough cairns. They were ‘baby cairns’, a couple of stones here and there. There were very few and faded blazers also. It’s easy to miss the trail markers for the turn to Stairs Col trail as well, if you’re heading that way. Once at the top, the views are worthy. Starting the descent is also confusing without cairns to guide you. Otherwise it’s a pretty good trail for a moderate hike. Keep to the right!

Awesome hike! Did this today with a family of 4 and my
6 month old golden retriever. Definitely a moderate trail for beginners, easy for more experienced hikers. Great views at the top. Dog friendly for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

Climbed this trail this morning, great views over Crawford Notch. Met a lot of nice people of all ages and several well behaved dogs. Afterwards we drove down to Willey House and walked the Saco River Trail (3.2 miles each way - unfortunately not yet on Alltrails database). Great day out in the Notch.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the easiest hikes I have ever done. Not much to see during the hike in terms of views, but amazing view at the top. Requires around an hour each way, so can get really crowded.

Low 30s, I thought it was perfect weather for hiking. Got warmed up once we got moving and don’t stay too long in one place because you will get cold! Gloves/mittens were a must. Hiked in this order: Avalon, Field, willey, then Tom. Went the wrong way passing willey adding an extra mile but we did the whole thing including breaks in about 8 hours. Got to feed a bird at the top of mount field! Bring bird seed! The three 4000 footers did not have good views but Avalon was very pretty. Personally wouldn’t hike it again but glad to get 3 4000 footers out of the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Well marked, easy hike with amazing views.

This is a great trail with breathtaking views at the top! It had rained the day before so the trail was covered with a little creek at the start but it was easy to cross and lots of fun. We took our little dog too and he had a great time, was more challenging for us than him!

Skipped the Mizpah loop and just took the Crawford path up to the summit and back. I'd describe the hike as unrelentingly moderate. It's never very steep or challenging, but once you get on the Crawford path it's up and up and then up again. . Excellent views of the Eisenhower and Washington and an exposed alpine zone just before the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

We arrived to the head trail at 4pm, Oct 14, 2018 with 2 kids of 6 and 9 y.o and were determined to "race" with the Sun. It took us around 45mn to go up and 30mn to go down, the trail was rocky but not too hard. The view on top was beautiful in the Fall and we still had some sunlight which was great! The temperature dropped so fast so be sure to bring warm clothes. We were back to visit center around 6pm but please note that the restroom was closed by that time.

Loved the views and easiest enough for my almost four year old was able to climb! Valley more shaded in afternoon so I would hike it in morning to see it better.

The approach sets the stage for the end result....strenuous approach that invites a period of quiet reflection while you rest your legs.

Steady climb. Not difficult. Beautiful view

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails so far! The view is truly beyond expectations, it’s just gorgeous! It is perceived to be one of the best hikes in White Mountains region, steady incline but not challenging, we did round trip in 1.5 hours. You will absolutely love it!!!

We started on the falls side, including Bemis which is beautiful. After the big falls we met the Frankenstein, on to Falcon Cliff and then the overlook on the way down. The colors were amazing and the trail was practically empty. Some steep parts, but also some flat sections.

hiking
1 month ago

I thought this was one of the easiest hikes I’ve ever done; I think anyone could do it. It took me 45 minutes to get to the top. The trail was easy to hike even when wet and with fallen leaves. The summit is wide enough so you can find your own space at the top. And what a summit, offering stunning views of the notch. I went on a cloudy and cold weekday and saw a lot of people so I can only imagine what it’s like on a good weekend. Parking was easy (and free) at the Crawford Station and the bathroom there was a plus.

Definitely a must if you live in NH. The waterfall is beautiful.

Went up Arethusa trailhead and took the Bemis brook route (much more scenic and recommend) The falls were great for photos and a nice snack. Then continued to Frankstein Cliff. You will reach a fork, left will lead to Ripley falls right will bring you to Frankstein Cliff. Continue .8 miles to the cliff view point. Great views of Crawford notch and Mnt Bemis! Continue down some somewhat steep terrian till the terrace crossing of the railroad (great place for photos if you venture to the railway bridge). After that point it's a short .3 miles back to the parking lot! Great waterfalls, decent views, great photos opportunities for an easy hike.

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hiking
1 month ago

Very pleasant (east to low moderate) hike, but that makes it very busy. Nice view of the notch at the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a pretty steep hike (like 900 feet of elevation in half a mile kind of steep), but otherwise I’d say it’s on the easier side. The last half mile or so offers great views, though the markers on the rocks are a little sparse at times. The summit has great views all around.

hiking
1 month ago

This old lady took 4 hours to get to the top on a very cloudy/overcast/foggy day. Some of that time included my son stopping to take pics and the two stop-offs on the way (recommend both) . I liked this trail as it was variable terrain. There were a few level spots where one caught their breath and hard spots that you had to climb by hand (near the.top). it was very pretty. It was cold and windy at the top which was a relief. bring bird seed for the friendly grey Jay's. Benefit of going on a cloudy day was that we only saw about 8 people on this typically busy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike- I thought it was moderate ( not easy). It was a steady climb almost the whole way up. I went mid week so it was a little less crowded, but it was busy. I enjoyed taking my dog, but did not enjoy people who allow their dogs off leash. ( they should be leashed!). I have a rescue Great Dane who is not predictably social, so I had to continuously pull off the trail to avoid dogs that might approach mine. I wish others would be more considerate and follow NH State Park leash laws.

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