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)
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.
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.
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.
To Avalon Trailhead
To Kedron Flume Trailhead (Willey House)
To Ethan Pond Trailhead
Rain showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 42. South wind around 25 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 before 10pm, then rain and snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. West wind 25 to 45 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
A slight chance of snow showers before 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. Wind chill values as low as -3. West wind 15 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 20. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Snow showers likely before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.
Partly sunny, with a high near 21.
Views from Mount Willey
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