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



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.




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.



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

Mostly clear, with a low around 14. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night
A slight chance of snow showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

A chance of snow showers before 7am, then a chance of snow and a slight chance of freezing rain between 7am and 8am, then rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 42. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Saturday Night
Rain likely before 8pm, then a chance of rain showers between 8pm and 9pm, then a chance of snow showers between 9pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. West wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunny, with a high near 27.

Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.


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 making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about