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Distance:
3.2 Miles / 5.1 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Hard
Time to Hike:
1 hour, ~36 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
White Mountain National Forest
Town:
Carroll, New Hampshire
Directions:
44.223301, -71.411499
Added:
May 24, 2013
Updated:
October 25, 2018
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939 '

Total Change
987 '

Ascent
990 '

Descent

The Mt Willard Overlook Trail is a 3.2 mile out-and-back hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. At the top of Mount Willard is an amazing valley-swept view of the Crawford Notch area. The trail starts directly behind the Crawford Notch Station, but you need to cross the train tracks to hit the trail. Once you cross the tracks, you should see a sign post with signs for Mount Willard. The trail itself is difficult as almost the entire hike is uphill. Parts of the trail are large rocks that you end up using as a natural staircase to climb Mount Willard. Carrying a pack up this mountain can be challenging in itself, so if you don't plan to camp, this is a great day hike.

Camping: camping here is not allowed within ~200 feet of the cliff, but there are a couple of spots you can fit a small tent into within the boundary behind it. The forest near the top of Mount Willard is mostly coniferous and the trees aren't very old - the downside is there's a lot of underbrush, so finding a spot for a tent can also be a challenge. Hammock camping may be easier near the top of Mount Willard.

Hiking poles can help the downhill on this hike due to the large boulder steps.

Parking: parking is available at your first left on Mount Clinton Road and there is a fee for each day parked, which is about $5 per day. Only downside to parking here is that you have to walk back down the road to reach the trailhead. 

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Explore 13 trails near Carroll, NH
  1. Parking

    44.223301, -71.411499
  2. Main Trailhead

    44.217255, -71.412708
  3. Mt Willard Overlook

    44.203712, -71.411315
    Mt Willard Overlook
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3.2 miles / 5.1 km
Trail added
May 24, 2013
Hiked on
May 24, 2013
Updated on
October 25, 2018
6.0 miles / 9.7 km
May 25, 2013
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