Willard Mountain

Crawford Notch, NH
Length: 3.20 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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This little mountain offers up some of the best views in the state. This 1.5-mile hike leaves from the Crawford Depot/AMC Highland Center and climbs up 1,000 feet of elevation to an impressive vista of the southern presidential range as well as the Willey Range. The trail is easy to follow and doesn’t have any technical sections to it. At approximately the halfway point there is a small waterfall and centennial pool which makes a good stopping spot.

A neat bonus is if you can spot (or hear) a train coming up the notch. Note of Caution- there are extremely steep cliffs at the top of this hike. Safety is imperative here. There are safe places to break for lunch.

Back at the trailhead there is a small depot store that sells snacks and novelty items. A short walk away is the AMC Highland Center that features an impressive Nature Scape Playground.

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Natural Play Area, Playground, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Waterfall

Trail Contributor

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Lyndsey started hiking when her daughter Aubrey (5)  was just a few months old. Lyndsey and Aubrey have been hiking together for almost 5 years now and have made some impressive climbs over those years. Lyndsey has been an ambassador for Hike it Baby since January 2015. They live in the Monadnock Region of NH and they have many small mountains to hike all around them and they venture the two hours north to the White Mountain National Forest as often as they can. Lyndsey and Aubrey started their NH 48 4,000 footer list when Aubrey was just 3.5 years old. To date, they have completed 2/48. They have been working on the NH 52 with a View list as well and have completed 7/52. 

Hiking had such a huge influence on getting over PPD that she wanted to help other local parents get out on the trails and build a community that is different from the other typical mom groups. Over the years she has learned so much about hiking with young children, from picking different carriers to choosing trails for toddlers. She wants to share her knowledge to help others, as this information was impossible to find when she was just starting out hiking with Aubrey!

Lyndsey also writes for her own personal blog that chronicles her and Aubrey’s hiking adventures together as well as offers articles and trail suggestions for families hiking in New Hampshire!