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.
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."
--Jeffrey Romano, Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Larry Pletcher, Hiking New Hampshire (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Jeffrey Romano, 100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books).
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