Mount Willard Trail

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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
892 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).

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11 days ago

Did it in 3.1 miles round trip (alltrails says 3.2 but that's splitting hairs). Gradual incline is relatively constant through the ascent, with few views on the trail aside from a peek through the trees in some spots.

The view at the top, however, makes this quick hike totally worthwhile, as the frequently heavy trail traffic would suggest. This is THE hike for the best views of Crawford Notch for minimal effort.

Mount Webster is the dominant feature that will catch your gaze, but the 200(ish) degree-view spans back to Eisenhower, and over to Mount Field and Tom on the other side.

16 days ago

very gentle grade. short hike, but the view makes it worth doing - just don't expect solitude maybe pair with other trails nearby. super easy in a bit of snow, so I don't know about rocks and roots.

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26 days ago

Save it for a day when there won’t be many hikers on the trail.

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1 month ago

Great hike. Fairly easy. Dog made it up without problems. Great short hike with major payoff.

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1 month ago

Great rewarding view at top, trail itself also features a waterfall. But it is heavily trafficked—the trailhead is located right behind a visitors center & train stop

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Did this hike in December 2015 (no snow, just some ice) and then again in December 2016 (much more snow - went snowshoeing this time). The view from the top is incredible and the sites along the way are great, too.

Just climbed it with my wife and got spectacular pictures from the top! A little hard to find the entrance as the scenic train blocked it across the tracks. This did give us more photo options of the train and Crawford Station though. Glad I brought her a Ski pole and appreciated all the nice people encouraging us on the way up that it was worth the climb! Saw a lot of people underdressed for the weather as it was 40d colder than the day before.

1 month ago

Would have given it five stars if it wasn't so crowded. Easy hike with a stunning view.

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1 month ago

Mount Willard, a classic.