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Mount Willey Information

Elevation: 4,285 feet (1,297 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 256 feet (78 meters)
Location: Whitefield, NH (Grafton County, New Hampshire)
Range: Willey Range
Coordinates: 44°11' North     71°25' West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Easy/Moderate
Features: Brooks, Ripley Falls, Limited summit views,
Peak Bagging What is Peak Bagging?
Distance of highlighted hike below: 11.2 miles with Mt. Field
and Mt. Tom (or hike just Willey at 5.4 miles)

Mount Willey is a 4,285 foot mountain in the Willey Range in Whitefield, New Hampshire, Grafton County in the White Mountains. The mountain is named after Samuel Willey, Jr. and his family, who in 1826, were all killed in a tragic accident due to a landslide. They had only been living there (Crawford Notch) for less than a year.

The shortest trail up to the summit of Mount Willey is the Willey Range Trail. This mountain is a great peak-bagger to do along with Mount Field and Mount Tom, (both 4,000 footers) as they are all roughly 1.5 miles apart. Mount Avalon is also a short distance (1 mile) away, but its elevation is 3,399 feet, so it is not included on the New Hampshire 4,000 footers list. Mount Willey is popular for hand-feeding the birds at the summit. Many people simply hold out their hand with a piece of food lodged in between their fingers, and wait for a bird to land for a snack.

For peak-baggers:
Mount Field is 1.4 miles from the summit of Mount Willey
Mount Tom
is 2.9 miles from the summit of Mount Willey

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     New Hampshire Hundred Highest
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Northeast 111
Trailwrights 72 summit club
48x12 "The Grid"


Mount Willey Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Willey, as well as Mount Field and Mount Tom.

The parking lot for this hike is on the end of Willey Station Road off Route 302 in Whitefield, New Hampshire. Your hike begins on the Ethan Pond Trail, which is also part of the Appalachian Trail. Follow this trail for 0.3 miles (you will cross railroad tracks close to the parking lot). Continue straight up for 2.7 miles until you reach the summit of Mount Willey.

If you wish to end your hike, simply retrace your steps back to the parking lot via the Willey Range Trail followed by the Ethan Pond Trail.

If you would like to continue your hike to Mount Field and Mount Willey, continue over the summit of Mount Willey via the Willey Range Trail, and hike for 1.4 miles until you reach the summit of Mount Field. To continue your hike up to the summit of Mount Tom, continue along the Willey Range Trail for 0.9 miles until you come to an intersection with the A-Z Trail. You will see a sign for Mount Tom Spur ahead. Head up that trail and you will reach Mount Tom's summit in 0.6 miles.

For a spectacular waterfall view, hike down the Ripley Falls Trail, 0.3 miles from the parking lot. The trail is 0.4 miles long and leads to Ripley Falls, a 100 foot avalanche brook.

Mount Willey Map - Ethan Pond Trail, Appalachian Trail, AT, Mount Field, Mount Tom, Ripley Falls, Willey Range Trail, Willey Range, Mount Willard, Mount Avalon, A-Z Trail, Bugle Cliff, Hitchcock Flume
Click to download PDF Trail Map of Mount Willey

Mount Willey Photos Top

Hiking Mount Willey Whitefield NH New Hampshire Willey Range 4000 Footers
Photo taken from standing on the cairn at the summit of Mount Willey on August 8, 2010.

Mount Willey Driving Directions Top

The parking lot for this hike is located on Willey Station Road off of Route 302 in Whitefield, New Hampshire. Go to the end of the road, where there is a small parking lot. (You are allowed to park along Willey Station Road if the parking area is full.)

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