Hiking Mount Crawford – New Hampshire’s White Mountains

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Mount Crawford is one of the most spectacular hikes under 4,000 feet in the White Mountains. It parallels Mount Willard (also in Crawford Notch) with one of the best reward vs. effort ratios in the state of New Hampshire. Hikers begin by crossing the beautiful Saco River over a suspension bridge, and end at the summit with incredible views of Mount Washington, Crawford Notch and the unique Stairs Mountain.

Height: 3,119 feet
Distance:  5 miles
Difficulty: Intermediate
Elevation Gain: 2,106 feet
Hike Time: 2-4 hours

Check out this great video by Joseph Getts to see the beautiful views and history Mount Crawford has to offer.

 

Trail Map

Mount Crawford Trail Map

 

Trails

The Davis Path begins just of of Route 302 (directions below) at a large parking area adjacent to the Saco river. Hikers begin hiking over a suspension bridge spanning the Saco river. The trails takes you 2.2 miles before reaching the .3 mile spur that goes to the summit of Mount Crawford. The trail is easy to follow and gains elevation quickly.

 

Directions

 

Nearby Hikes

Crawford Notch is filled with lots of incredible hikes. From 4,000 footers, to waterfall hikes, to short cliff hikes, it has great spots for just about any interest and experience level. Arethusa and Ripley Falls, Mount Willard, Mount Willey are just a few near hikes.

The Davis Path also gives you access to Mount Isolation, Stairs Mountain, Mount Resolution, and even a long trek all the way over to Mount Washington.

 

Camping

Crawford notch has a lot of camping options, but if you are interested in staying on the trail, there is quite a bit of exposed rock on for campers both before and near the summit. There are also designated camping sites only a couple tenths of a mile onto Davis Path.

 

Weather Forecast

Bartlett, NH

Overnight
A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Wednesday
A slight chance of snow showers before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 30. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Wednesday Night
A chance of snow showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday
Snow showers before 4pm, then rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.

Thursday Night
Rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind 15 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Friday
Snow showers likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 24. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday Night
A chance of snow showers before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 11. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Pictures of Hike

Views from Trail on Crawford Views of Crawford Notch View of Stairs Mountain Mount Crawford Summit PanoMount Washington from Mount Crawford Mount Crawford Trail Views Crossing Saco River for Mount Crawford Mount Crawford Pano 603 Tank Top on Summit

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and sharing experiences with others. Max is a published author for various outdoor websites and digital marketing websites. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about