Mount Willard Trail

MODERATE 389 reviews
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Mount Willard Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Carroll, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
905 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

rocky

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).

2 days ago

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

3 days ago

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).

hiking
4 days ago

Easy hike with great views!

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike! Views are amazing.

5 days ago

a great hike. not too technical or steep. great views. a good walk for the entire family

6 days ago

Nice steady 1.6 hike with amazing views for the little work it took to get there

7 days ago

Excellent views from the top! Fairly gradual climb. Nice pool for dogs to cool off in about 1/2 way up.

8 days ago

Easy hike and nice views at the top. Great hike to start your trip or for families.

9 days ago

Love this trail! Steady, Easy going. Amazing Summit views. Excellent for Dogs.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice short and steady hike. Pictures can’t capture how amazing the view is!

hiking
14 days ago

Very easy with great views

15 days ago

Great view not a bad climb

hiking
17 days ago

Hiked with a group of different skill levels and everyone did great. Took our time and once we got to the top it was amazing. Pictures don’t do it justice. Recommend hiking poles, we forgot ours.

hiking
20 days ago

Easy hike for great views! We've done this hike 3 times now, but I am pregnant so it was a little tougher this time. Still one of my favorites. We took our dogs this time and they made plenty of friends.

28 days ago

Awesome views! Great family hike-we did this with my 7 and 9 year old kids and a 30 pound baby on my back; also my friend, his wife and their 2 dogs. It's not a smooth stroll through the woods so come prepared- it's a steady climb with some smooth terrain and some rocks to pick through so watch your ankles. It levels out close to the top. For a quick hike the view is more than you would expect. Great trail for getting in shape for the season or trying out gear.

hiking
29 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail with my son a couple years ago. The payoff at the end is fantastic.

hiking
1 month ago

excellent trail, easy to moderate steady climb over small rocks. view from top is incredible for such a short hike.

1 month ago

Not a difficult hike to a stunning view.

hiking
1 month ago

Very gradual ascent on good trail. Most of the trail was very clear with a few areas that were a bit rock-strewn. View from the Ledges at the summit are insane. One of the nicest views I’ve seen. Watch your kids here though if you bring them. Incredible drop off. Awesome hike.

1 month ago

Well worth the view at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best and easiest peak to hike up to with the best view of the Twin mountain valley. It's perfect for family with small children. My daughter was 5 years old when we did and she did just fine. The actual climb is less than 1,000 feet since the trail head is on a high elevation already.

I love watching cars go by from Mount Williard's peak. The refreshing cool breeze is simply unforgettable and our picnic food tastes so much better from this vantage point.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great quick hike with a surprising view at the end! It's slightly steep and a little rocky in the beginning but levels off nicely before you get to the top. Going up took just about an hour and heading back down took only about 40 minutes. I would highly recommend it for hikers of any kind.

hiking
1 month ago

Other than the 2 hour drive from Manchester, the view was amazing and the climb was pretty easy. Lots of people had their dogs and children with them.

hiking
1 month ago

We had a family hike for my birthday today! This trail was perfect for everyone, even a little rain didn't slow us down! The view from the top was spectacular!! Lots of friendly people and dogs. Would definitely do this hike again!

hiking
1 month 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!

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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.

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