Mount Willard Trail

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Mount Willard Trail is a 3.1 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
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
908 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).

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!

2 days 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.

2 days 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
4 days ago

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

15 days 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
1 month 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.

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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hiking
2 months ago

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.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Gentle climb.

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.

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.

4 months ago

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

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Excellent hike, the trail was very packed down and micro spikes is all most would've really needed but I decided just to use my snowshoes instead. The trail overall isn't very steep and offers a very rewarding view once you reach the summit, the trail itself doesn't offer many views along the way but I could see it be very nice in other seasons as there is waterfall and river that flows beside it for parts.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Great views and easy to navigate

hiking
5 months 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.

5 months 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.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months 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

hiking
7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Mount Willard, a classic.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

Moderate trail, well marked. Steep at the beginning but it gets better later. Amazing view at the summit. Could not have asked for a better view of fall foilage.

7 months ago

Short and rewarding hike with a well-maintained trail. Steady climb that is not too steep. Great for beginners or those getting into shape- if you are looking for something longer definitely combine it with something else- it's possible to finish within an hour and a half.

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