Mount Willard is one of the most rewarding short and easy hikes in NH. With only a gradual 1.6 miles to the cliff view of Crawford Notch, it is a prime destination for inexperienced, new, or even seasoned hikers.
Distance: 3.2 miles (5 km)
Duration: 1-2 hours
Elevation Gain: 908 Feet (277 meters)
Height: 2,865 feet (873 meters)
Pets Allowed? Yes
Mount Willard Trail – 3.2 miles round trip – 908 feet of elevation gain
The mount Willard Trail can be accessed from the parking lot next to the AMC Highland center in Crawford Notch. There are numerous parking areas within eye shot of the trailhead. The easiest parking area is at the train station, and the trailhead is right across the train tracks from there (see directions below). The trail is gradual almost the entire way, making it an easy day hike for even inexperienced hikers. Crawford Notch is off of Route 302.
During heavy rain, snowmelt, or other high water times, a river crossing early in the hike can become difficult to navigate without getting wet boots.
The trail features a small brook, is well traveled, and is also not bad for travel in the winter months.
Mount Willard Hiking Map
Willard is located of Route 302 in Crawford Notch. Parking is at the Crawford Notch Station, which can be navigated to by most devices. 302 can be accessed by both I 93 and Route 16. You will also see extra parking along Saco Lake.
Bigger Hikes in Crawford Notch
Mount Willey – A 4000 footer that can be accessed from trailheads in Crawford Notch
Mount Tom – Another 4000 footer located nearby.
Mount Field – 4000 footer often hiked in conjunction with Mount Tom
Mount Jackson and Mount Webster – Jackson and Webster are located on the North side of Crawford Notch and can be accessed from the Highland Center.
Mount Crawford – on the 52 WAV list, this is a must do hike with incredible views.
Both Arethusa and Ripley are short waterfall hikes in Crawford Notch. They are extremely beautiful and accessible by all hiking levels.
A slight chance of rain showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Scattered rain showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Rain showers likely before noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
A chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 40%.