Crawford Path

Coös County, New Hampshire 03258

Elevation Gain2,361ft
Trailhead Elevation1,922ft
Elevation Min/Max1922/4235ft
Elevation Start/End1922/1922ft

Crawford Path

Crawford Path is a hiking trail in Coös County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 1,922 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,361 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Crawford Path Connector, Webster Cliff Trail, Mizpah Cutoff and Davis Path.

Crawford Path Professional Reviews and Guides

"This classic loop hike contains a splash of many things people associate with the White Mountains: history, waterfalls, panoramic views, dizzying heights, a relaxing ridge walk, and two 4000-foot mountains.

Mounts Pierce, Jackson, and Webster have been favorite destinations for nearly two centuries. Choose this hike and you will quickly understand why people continue to be drawn to this area twelve months a year."

"The USDA Forest Service regards the 1819 Crawford Path as the oldest continuously used mountain trail found in the United States. It’s hard to fathom how Abel and Ethan Allen Crawford managed to clear this route from notch to timberline at such an early date. More intriguing, though, is the question of why they wanted to do such a thing.

Apparently, the answer was tourism. In a little more than a mile, this endearing segment of trail gains significant elevation without seeming to pay a commensurate price. Before you know it, fabulous views of Mounts Eisenhower, Monroe, and Washington greet you just above timberline. Here also is the northern terminus of the scenic Webster Cliff Trail. Special attractions: Magnificent views of the Presidential Peaks from Mount Pierce, Mount Eisenhower, and their connecting alpine ridge."

"Like an altar surrounded by a towering cathedral, the low, open summit of Mount Willard’s cliff face stands majestically amid the glacierscoured higher peaks of Crawford Notch. The rockslides and steep ledges of Mounts Webster and Willey draw the eyes into the deep gulf beneath, where the Saco River, Route 302, and the Crawford Notch Railroad snake their way toward the Mount Washington Valley. As an added bonus, Mount Willard’s bounty can be reached in a short half-day hike, a perfect choice for a family outing. Along with other nearby cascades, ledges, and wetlands, this trek is a great choice throughout the year."

Crawford Path Reviews

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This is a nice day hike, with some interesting views along the way. The ascent up Crawford Path to the Mizpah Spring Loop is reasonably steep, with a nice side trail to a pretty little waterfall. The climb from Mizpah to the peak of Mt. Pierce is steep, with some excellent views as you climb.
This is a very long steep hike up but great aerobic work out… the description implies moderate and overall I would agree but the up seems a little more than moderate. There was a decent amount of traffic for mid-October (temperatures at bottom were around 55) and we hit snow and some ice at the top (where temps were around 25 deg). Took us about 4.75 hours to do the entire loop with a nice stop (about 20 mins) at the Mizpah Hut to warm up and change layers. All and all a fun hike but if you stay on just this loop and don't go off on other side trails it lacks in visual interest.
Long steep hike up, but worth every minute of it. My boyfriend and I hiked up around noon on Sunday, up to the Mizpah Springs AMC Hut. Not too much traffic, for being Memorial Day weekend. Dropped our gear and grabbed a day pack for a short hike up the the Summit. Amazing views on a clear day!! After spending the night, and summiting Eisenhower the next day we hiked back down. Rough on the knees, but trekking poles helped. Beautiful waterfall not far from the trail head, Gibbs Falls.

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Coös County
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USGS: Crawford Notch, NH
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Jul 2018