Explore the most popular trail running 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice trail with great views. Moderate grade all the way up with lots of space at the top to take in beautiful Crawford Notch. Under an hour to the top and 45 minutes coming down. Well worth it!

Both Arethusa and Frankenstein’s cliff are easily one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. The Arethusa trail is moderate, but one your way back make sure to look to your left and take Frankenstein’s Cliff trail. That’s where the real work begins. Pretty difficult, but extremely worth it.

Très bon sentier, avec une vue incroyable. Le fait d'avoir des toilettes, un abreuvoir, un parking et une boutique de souvenir et de nourriture(avec des personnes capables de nous renseigner) en bas avant de commencer la randonnée est très apprécié. C'est un petit mont mais très beau et assez populaire je pense. (1h de monté et 1h de descente environ) en haut on peut s'assoir sur la roche et admirer la vue et picniquer.

Amazing trail ! It begins just behind a Visitor Center so you can buy a snack and fill your water bottle before you start. The trail is well indicated, and the view at the top is amazing. The highway in the middle of the valley is not even a problem because you can’t hear it and it gives some perspectives. It took us about 1h to go up, and the same to come back. There is a lot of space at the top, perfect to have a little picnic.

Nice quick hike that rewards you with a great view at the summit.

Awesome trail! Some parts were tough but the view from the cliffs is outstanding, very rewarding hike

Beautiful but difficult! Worth it!

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.

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

hiking
14 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
19 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.

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.

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.

on Mount Willard Trail

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Gentle climb.

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.

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..

on Mount Willard Trail

4 months ago

An enjoyable hike on a fairly wide trail passing scenic streams on the way up to a gorgeous vista. A must do in all 4 seasons. While not a 360 view, it will take your breath away.

Attempted July 2017. We didn’t make it to the top- got caught in a rain storm and the trail was quickly deteriorating, so we decided to turn back. Awesome views, crossing the river was a bit hard, both me and my friend got a bit damp from it.

on Mount Willard Trail

4 months ago

This is a great trail if you are new to winter hiking.

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