|Kelly stands at the summit of Mt.Willard with views of Crawford Notch.
Adventure: Mt. Willard Hike
Getting there: The Mt. Willard trailhead is located in Crawford Notch State Park. From North Conway, take Rt 302 into the notch. If coming from I-93, take exit 35 and follow Rt 3 North to Rt 302.
I usually park at the AMC Highland Center parking lot (to use the bathroom before heading out0, but you can get closer by using the Railroad Depot parking lot.
The trailhead is located just behind the depot (across the tracks). Follow the trail for about 50 feet until you reach the official trailhead where you can choose between going straight to Mt. Avalon or turning left to Mt. Willard.
|Crawford Notch Railroad Depot is a good place to park.
|Final section of the trail
Difficulty: By White Mountain standards, this is an easy peak. It is a great choice for everyone from families with small children to experienced hikers looking for an amazing view. Be aware that there is a climb and that it involves a stream crossing.
Distance: 3.2 miles total (out-and-back)
- Although you can't see it, there is a popular rock-climbing route below the summit ledge. DO NOT THROW ROCKS OR ITEMS OFF THE EDGE.
- Prepare for a stream crossing. I use trekking poles to balance on the rocks to cross.
- Although it is a great family hike, adventurers should be prepared by bringing lots of water, snacks, rain/sun gear, and a first aid kit. Anything can happen in the Whites.
- This is a very popular summer hike due to it's proximity to the Highland Center and its easiness. Be prepared to interact with other hikers on the trail and summit. Because of this, I didn't bring my dog Summit (although they are allowed).
- The summit/ledge is extremely dangerous. Watch children and dogs carefully.
Although I'd hiked this trail many times, I still gasped at the view. It is truly spectacular scene and a reminder why I love the White Mountains so much. I can't think of a better hike to share with my infant son as his first "White Mountain Hike".
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