View Full Version : Mt. Willard, June 20, 2009 (family hike)

06-20-2009, 06:57 PM
Cut and pasted from Sage's very pink hiking blog: http://sagehikes.blogspot.com

Accompanying pictures and videos can be found there.

Avalon Trail and Mt. Willard Trail, out-and-back.

3 miles.

I asked Hugh what he wanted to do for Father's Day, and he suggested a hike. We decided to do the hike a day early, since it looks like it's going to rain all day on Father's Day itself.

We decided to give Mt. Willard a go -- we drove to Crawford Notch, parked at the train depot, and went on our way.

We began on the Avalon Trail, then a short 0.1 mile later turned left onto the Mt. Willard Trail. The way up alternated easy pitches with moderate ones. It was a nice hike, just the right size and type for Sage.

We stopped on the way up to look at the Centennial Pool. Purrty.

More moderate pitches, then the path flattened out and we could see light in the distance...the end of the trail.

We emerged from the trees and stepped out onto ledges...and enjoyed the views!

Happy Father's Day, Papa!

I took a video of the views...

After many minutes munching trail mix, we decided to head on down. Just before we began our descent, we discovered the summit sign.

Down we went...going down is always so much easier than going up!

Alex stopped to say hi to a favorite trail creature.

On the way back, Sage decided to plow through a shallow stream crossing instead of rock-hopping it as she had done on the way up. I didn't care, since the crossing is less than 0.2 miles from the car. Halfway through, however, she changed her mind and wanted to be put on the rocks and taken out of the water...Alex came to the rescue.

We arrive back at the trailhead in fine shape, though some feet were wet. )

Happy Father's Day, folks!

06-20-2009, 07:12 PM
I LOVE the video of Alex helping Sage across the brook!! Put this foot here, and then put that foot there...

I could use her help sometimes (I'm thinking Gale River).

Looks like you had some good views! Wonderful!


06-20-2009, 08:58 PM
Thanks, Valerie. I was too busy laughing to go and help. :p She had been perfectly content walking through the water until the halfway point, then for some unknown (to me) reason she didn't want to continue.

(She was laughing too, I wouldn't have just stood there if she had been upset or anything).

06-21-2009, 07:29 AM
Another great trip report and pics. I really enjoyed the video. Looks like dad had a great fathers day hike. Thanks for sharing.

06-21-2009, 07:48 AM
Awesome! I love Mt Willard (particularly for the fact that it is accessible even for small kids and gives that huge sense of awe and accomplishment when you step onto the ledges). Can't think of a better way to spend Father's Day. The stream crossing video is just wonderful. Sage is going to have plenty of help from her big sister as she grows up. You've got quite the girls.

06-21-2009, 03:15 PM
Thanks, Mark.

One of the things I love about this area is that there is so much to do -- no matter what your ability or age, there is something beautiful to see. I am also very blessed to be able to get my kids out there so much, and to have a husband who shares my view regarding the importance of getting kids outside.