Mount Willard Trail

MODERATE 291 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
977 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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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.

5 days ago

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

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6 days ago

Mount Willard, a classic.

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Started a bit before 9am and saw only one person on the way up. Trail appears to be marked with yellow blazes but it also seems to have previously been a blue blaze as we saw plenty of both. A few people at the top but not overly crowded. Great views for a moderate 45 minute hike up (we cruised up, probably more like an hour up if you take your time). Plenty of room for people to sit and enjoy the view at the top.Trail was a bit rocky but nothing too over the top, easily manageable by almost anyone including the numerous kids/adults/dogs we saw making the trek up on our descent. On our way down, we passed a TON of people heading up, I'd imagine it got pretty busy and crowded on the trail and at the cliff by midday.

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7 days ago

Clearly marked trail, really beautiful along the whole way, a pretty and peaceful little brook runs alongside most of the way. The view at the top is really stunning. The trail is pretty steep and rocky and was a decent workout! We went during peak foliage weekend on Sunday around 1:30pm and it was moderately trafficked. No one got in anyone's way but the trail isn't super wide so we did have to pull over quite a bit.

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This was a simple trail with a great view. However extremely crowded. I went on a weekday mid morning and there was about 10-12 groups of people at the top, one with a bunch of small
Children running around. I encountered people on the trail everyone couple minutes. It’s a good hike but if you’re looking for peacefulness or privacy this is not it.

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