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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

 

Directions

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

Tonight
Patchy fog and showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then patchy fog and scattered rain showers between 10pm and 5am, then a chance of rain showers and patchy fog. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. South wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday
A chance of rain showers and patchy fog before 4pm, then rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 44. Southwest wind 10 to 15 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.

Saturday Night
Rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.

Sunday
Isolated snow showers before 8am, then a chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind 5 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Sunday Night
A chance of rain showers before 2am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday
A slight chance of snow showers before 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

 

Views from Mount Willey

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Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, 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. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued his frequent adventures in the mountains, always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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