Though dwarfed by many of the nearby higher summits of the White Mountains, Mt. Willard is a must for hikers to visit. It's classic view of Crawford Notch is legendary and the view is often featured in many magazines and travel guides. This mountain is another mountain that offers a huge amount of bang for the buck.
The trail is easy to pick up from the parking area and is very winter accessible. It is crowded at all times of the year which includes winter. One can get away with not using snowshoes in winter due to the heavy use of this trail. Micro-spikes are though highly recommended. The 1.6 mile one way Class 1 Mt. Willard trail steadily takes to the summit where the legendary 180 degree views of Crawford Notch welcome you. This is well worth the two hour drive and two hour hike.
Getting ThereVIA THE CRAWFORD NOTCH HOSTEL AND DEPOT: From Twin Mountain take Route 302 past Bretton Woods ski area and past the Mt. Washington Hotel. Rough five past the Mt. Washington Hotel the Crawford Notch Depot and Hostel will be on your right. The Mt. Willard Trail is located right behind the Depot station where it meets with the Mt. Avalon Trail.
Red TapeThis trailhead has no fees.
When To ClimbThis mountain can be hiked throughout the year, and is often packed even in winter. Don't except much solitude. However the view is well worth it.
CampingThere is little reason to camp on this summit due to the fact that it is just a short half-day hike and that it is reaaly popular. However there is a brand new AMC Highlands Lodge which open in Fall 2003 that features incredible healthy and tasty food at the restaurant.
Mountain ConditionsHere are two websites that will provided you the best information on conditions in the White Mountains.
Appalachian Mountain Club
Current Trail Conditions