Summary: An easy and short climb perfect for kids and older people. The views are excellent from the ledge. This tends to be a popular hike so be prepared to say 'hello' to lots of folks.
The ledge is quite safe. You are not required to go very close.
Trailhead: Start behind the old train depot at the top of Crawford's notch on Route 302. The trail head is shared by the Avalon trail. (Lat:44.206062 Lon:-71.43213)
Trail Guides for Mount Willard:
AMC White Mountain Guide
by Appalachian Mountain Club (Appalachian Mountain Club)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: 603 528 8721 www.fs.fed.us/r9/white
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jon Willard, who has posted 54 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by DAV on 1/21/2012
We hiked this in snow flurries. It is a beautiful trail and the scenery was worth the hike. As a novice hiker the trip up was a bit of a challenge, just enough, with a very easy return. We were glad to have the crampons.
Reviewed by Kings on 7/1/2009
This was a great family hike. I'm told that the birds will come and eat right out of your hands but we didn't see any this weekend. Although, the rain gods decided to roll in and pour buckets on us as we descended down the mountain. Still had fun though! Lots of great little stops at pools and streams. Lots of photo ops!
Reviewed by Lon on 10/16/2008
Well maintained trail and not that hard of a hike. View from the top in unbelievable, but not a whole lot of space at the summit.
Reviewed by eileen on 11/1/2007
nice, easy, well traveled trail with excellent views of Crawford Notch. one of our firsts in 04'. the summit comes quickly once you are out of the trees. sort of small summit. i didn't get too close to the edge !
Reviewed by Alison on 8/25/2007
Great views! Kid Friendly! My 4 & 6 year old LOVED it and hiked the entire way. What a huge sense of accomplishment for a 4 year old! Great hike to do with friends and family who don't have a lot of experience hiking! Don't miss lunch at the AMC Highland Center. Yum Yum!!!
Reviewed by Thea on 8/24/2007
I did this hike with my family last weekend. It's relatively easy with just steady and gradual climb all the way. The reward of the scenic view of the whole Twin Mountain region at the summit is pretty spectacular. I think I shot at least 30 to 40 photos from the summit. If you got a wide angle camera, the photos from the summit will be breathtaking. My kids love watching little cars whine by way down below on Route 302. And you can see the scenic railroad that runs from North Conway if your timing is right.
Reviewed by bass on 6/10/2007
Nice views of the notch.
Reviewed by kpmmbm on 2/11/2007
No need for traction aid of any kind. Trail well packed. Many other hikers out today. Fantastic views for very little effort.
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