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Mt. Willard
Carroll, NH, Bethlehem, NH, Hart's Location, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Mt. Willard Trail
The Mt. Willard Trail

Route: Avalon Trail, Mt. Willard Trail, bushwhack, (Mt. Willard), bushwhack, Mt. Willard Trail, Avalon Trail

With another hot day and a chance of thunderstorms, I wanted to start a hike at a higher elevation without worrying about getting caught above treeline in bad weather.

Starting at the Crawford Depot, I slowly jogged my way up Mt. Willard. The first half of the trail had better footing than I recalled - perhaps due to some recent work. The upper half was a bit rocky, but not too bad.

Reaching the ledges, I bushwhacked into some thick junk to touch a possible highpoint (it looked like a herd path to it had been brushed in). Back on the ledges, I continued westward to check out two other viewpoints, which were basically narrow views of the same thing the main ledge looked at.

Back at the main ledge, I had decent, though very hazy, views into Crawford Notch and of the Presidentials.

On my way down, I decided to check out a side trail near the summit that is displayed on some maps. Bad idea - it was filled with brush and blowdowns. 2-3 minutes of pushing through the junk while wearing shorts was enough to get me to turn around.

While I had been looking forward to hopping into the Centennial Pool on the way down, plans changed when I realized it was only about 6-8" deep on this day.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Willard
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:58 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Willard
Ascent Commenced: 4:59 PM
Summit Reached: 5:23 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:24
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900'
Summit Elevation: 2,865'
Distance: 1.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 980'
Hike Ended: 6:07 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:09
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,000'

The Avalon Trail trailhead next to the train station
The Avalon Trail trailhead next to the train station

The Centennial Pool off the Mt. Willard Trail
The Centennial Pool off the Mt. Willard Trail

Looking at Mt. Webster from the Mt. Willard ledges - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Webster from the Mt. Willard ledges

Topographic map of Mt. Willard

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 west from Bartlett, NH. There is limited room for parking at the Crawford Depot rail station. The Avalon Trail trailhead is across the tracks

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