Mount Willard Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bretton Woods, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length3.2 miElevation gain905 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestViewsWaterfallWildlifeMuddyRockySnow
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Getting There

The perfect hike—short, simple, beautiful, and right to an epic vista.

Parking is available at the AMC Crawford Notch Visitors Center. There are restrooms in the railroad depot.

New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism, P.O. Box 1856 , Concord, NH, 03302-1856, Phone: 603-271-2665

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).

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Clara Watson
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Beautiful! It was chilly but we were prepared.

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Amy Hartle
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Was a nice easy incline - still had to use my spikes for traction but was icy at all.

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Ron Getzoff
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Lovely hike. Even in the snow. The view at the top is breathtaking.

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Sabrina Caruso
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Great hike! Steep but great for someone who doesn’t hike that often. We went while it was snowing but the view was still beautiful

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Matthew Wilson
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Excellent no ice on snow day, snow shoes or micro spikes are good , can do without as well. I’ve ice climbed the other side of Willard a couple times , was fun to connect up just the hiking trails. If you are in the area wasn’t too much more to add Avalon peak as well. Avalon is more steep so keep your energy !!!

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Martina Howe
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Couldn't have picked a better day...Bluebird for sure. Lots of folks hiking but very spread out. Took our lunch with us, had no one bother us on the lower outlook at all...not sure why not more come there to check it out. Had spikes - perfect. No need for snowshoes and those without either had few issues. Easy hiking conditions on an easy trail!

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Gloria Yanni
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This is a great trail with great views. if anyone were looking to do their first winter hike this would be perfect for that. Trail is well packed. Microspikes worked well, others has Snowshoes and some barebooted.

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Cheryl Goodman
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Trail was packed! Loved that we were able to do it with our kids. We brought our crampons and it helped!

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Danielle Perdikes
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Gigi Avila
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2/20/21 - Even more beautiful in the snow! Trail was packed down — skipped the poles and just went up with microspikes. The ascent is pretty stairmaster-esque but the snowy trees on the way up are beautiful and the payoff at the end is more than worth it!

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kristyd_1968 G
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Trail was well packed down. Used micro spikes and had no problem. Views at the top were amazing. Really enjoyed this!!

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Patricia Young
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Gets your heart pumping on the way up. We wore microspikes and had our trekking poles the whole time which made it a lot easier. We thought we were almost there but we weren’t lol. Then finally it happened it opens up to this magical view so we sat down and took it all in. On the way back down it was a breeze and we were able to relax and enjoy the view. Have fun

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Kyle Beattie
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Well packed snow, did it without spikes although spikes would have been helpful at times.

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Ross Coffey
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Packed snow all the way to the overlook midday on 2-19-21. Barebooted it up and down. Teenagers and the family dog (35lb Carolina) handled it fine, and there were some families with younger kids already at the overlook when we arrived.

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Kristina Beadle
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Kevin W
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Brian Poirier Jr
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Great trail conditions, packed and easy to walk on. View was amazing at the top!

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Joseph Ringuette
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Night hiked 2-13-21. Trail is great and well packed down. Barebooted it the entire way, however spikes would have been a little helpful but are not necessary. Views were great from the top even in the dark - will definitely be back!

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Catherine Valley
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chad neidigh
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Emelie Knobloch
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Absolutely beautiful views and so worth the sections of significant include. Highly recommend snow hiking it with YakTrax and poles.

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Brian Young
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Nice hike, with a spectacular view!!

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Oana Nikulin
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Hiked 02/06. Day started our clear by skies, got cloudy in the afternoon but so pretty and worth it. Fluffy snow, mostly packed down, trees were loaded with occasional snow falling on you. I had spikes and was fine the whole way up and down without snowshoes. Very popular given the weather. Next time will definitely aim for sunrise.

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Tracey Grzanna
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Great trail, well marked, snow shoes not needed

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Dash Porter
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A great winter hike. As others have said, this is exactly what a hike should be: Direct, short, and with a sweet lookout. The trail was well packed, but we enjoyed the use of our micro spikes.

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Caleb Fowler
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