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

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 1-2 hours

Pets Allowed? Yes


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. 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.

The trail features a small brook, is well traveled, and is also not bad for travel in the winter months.

Mount Willard Hiking Map

Mount Willard Trail Map



Willard is located of Route 302 in Crawford Notch. Parking is at the AMC highland center, which can be navigated to by most devices. 302 can be accessed by both I 93 and Route 16.


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.

Hikes Nearby

Arethusa Falls

Ripley Falls

Both Arethusa and Ripley are short waterfall hikes in Crawford Notch. They are extremely beautiful and accessible by all hiking levels.