Mt. Willard, New Hampshire
This summit was the very first one I hiked this year and one of the very last ones i did last year. I feel it is a fairly easy trail with a beautiful view at the top. I chose this one to start out my hiking season because i was already familiar with it and there was still a good amount of snow on the ground. This was my first solo hike where i would be trekking through snow and i wanted to be on a trail i was comfortable with.
I started out with my snowshoes on but soon realized the trail was packed down enough where my crampons would suffice. There was probably a good 3 feet on the ground, but as long as I walked directly in the middle of the trail i didn't fall through.
This is a great hike for newbies, larger groups, dogs and kids. The trail is pretty wide and can easily have two individuals walking side by side. The trail snakes up the mountain about 1.6 miles for a total of 3.2 miles out and back. The first time i made the journey up and down this trail i was moving for 2 hours 20 min. this year it took me 2 hours 15 min. It's a nice short hike to get started and be able to part take in an beautiful view.
" I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell" - Walt Whitman
Location: Carroll, New Hampshire
Elevation Gain: 900 ft.
Distance: 3.2 miles round trip , in and out
Time Frame: 2-4 hours
Rating: Easy for experienced hikers, Moderate for the newbies out there
The trail is located off from Rt. 302 right before passing through Crawford Notch. Parking is located at the train station. Trail head begins across the train tracks.
I recommend this trail to all skill levels. It is a nice well kept trail with an amazing view at the top. It will put all ages in awe. Definitely worth the trek up.
"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view"