Crawford Path

Mount Washington State Park, New Hampshire

Elevation Gain6,005ft
Trailhead Elevation6,276ft
Elevation Min/Max1922/6276ft
Elevation Start/End6276/6276ft

Crawford Path

Crawford Path is a hiking trail in Coös County, New Hampshire. It is within Nash Stream Forest, Mount Washington State Park, and White Mountain National Forest. It is 7.8 miles long and begins at 6,276 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,005 feet. Mount Washington (elevation 6,289 feet) is near the trailhead. There are also parkings, a viewpoint, and parking. Mount Franklin (elevation 4,974 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Crawford Path Connector, Webster Cliff Trail, Mizpah Cutoff, Davis Path, Mount Monroe Loop, Nelson Crag Trail, Dry River Trail, Tuckerman Crossover, Mount Eisenhower Loop, Camel Trail, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail -Mount Washington, Trinity Heights Connector, Westside Trail, Mount Eisenhower Trail and Gulfside Trail.

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"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."
100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
"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."
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Robert N. Buchsbaum
"The 3,119-foot summit of Mount Crawford, surrounded by the Presidential Range and innumerable other peaks in all directions, provides one of the most stunning vistas in the White Mountains. The hike also provides an opportunity to see some of the birds of the boreal forest."

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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.
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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.
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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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