Hiking Mount Willey


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Mount Willey is located in Crawford Notch, and is often hiked in combination with Mount Tom and Mount Field. The steep trail, allows hikers to ascend quickly to the top of the Notch, and look north towards Webster Cliff, Mount Jackson and Mount Washington. In under 9 miles, hikers can summit three NH 4000 footers from the Avalon Trailhead.


Height: 4,285 feet (1306.07 meters)
Distance:  5.4 miles (8.69 km)
Difficulty: Intermediate
Elevation Gain: 2,828 feet (861.97 meters)
Hike Time: 2-4 hours


Trails (Directions to each trailhead are below)

There are three main options for summiting Mount Willey, all three of which are great routes to combine Mount Field (and often mount Tom) into your day hike.


Avalon Trail

This trail begins by the railroad station in Crawford Notch. The shortest route to the summit of Willey from this trail will be 3.7 to the summit over Mount Field (4,340 feet). You can also choose to include Mount Tom (4,051 feet), which will make the trip to the summit 4.4 miles. A common loop will be a total of 8.1 miles to summit all three 4,000 footers. This is the most common trail to summit all 3 peaks due to the higher starting elevation.


Kedron Flume Trail

The Kedron Flume Trail parking area is located at the Willey House in Crawford Notch. This is a 5.4 mile round trip hike (8.4 with Tom & Field). This trail is strenuous and steep, but relatively quick to the summit.


Ethan Pond Trail

The Ethan Pond Trail parking is located at the Willey House Station site a short distance away from Willey House. This trail is also 5.4 miles round trip (8.4 with Tom & Field). Both Kedron Flume and Ethan pond feature the same second half (steep half) of the hike.


Trail Map

Mount Willey Trail Map



To Avalon Trailhead

To Kedron Flume Trailhead (Willey House)

To Ethan Pond Trailhead


Nearby Hikes

Crawford Notch has some incredible hikes, some nearby trailheads allow you to summit Mount Crawford, Mount Willard, Arethusa and Ripley Falls, and Mount Jackson.


Weather Forecast

Bartlett, NH

Rain and areas of fog before 1pm, then areas of drizzle and areas of fog and scattered rain showers between 1pm and 2pm, then rain likely and areas of fog. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Rain and areas of fog before midnight, then a chance of rain showers and areas of fog between midnight and 3am, then areas of drizzle and patchy fog and scattered rain showers between 3am and 4am, then areas of drizzle and scattered rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

A chance of snow showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy. High near 32, with temperatures falling to around 26 in the afternoon. Northwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 19. North wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Sunny, with a high near 32. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.


Views from Mount Willey

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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