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
Duration: 1-2 hours
Elevation Gain: 908 Feet
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. 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 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.
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.
Areas of fog. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. West wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Rain showers likely before 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Northwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Patchy fog after midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. North wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Patchy fog before 8am, then a chance of rain. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Southwest wind 0 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Rain before 9pm, then rain showers. Cloudy, with a low around 49. South wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
A chance of rain showers before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 30%.