Since it was right in the middle of the Columbus Day holiday weekend, the trailheads in the Crawford Notch area were busy and crowded. However, even though the Willey House historic site was busy, there was still plenty of available parking. And so, I parked my car, put my "point & shoot" camera around my neck, and blended right in with the tourist crowd!
I began my crusade to capture some autumn colors by taking snapshots of Mt. Willard as viewed over the seasonal pond that is created by the temporary damming of the Saco River during the warm-weather months.
Another snapshot of cliffs on south face of Mt. Willard as viewed from pond at Willey House site
Next, I turned my attention to taking some snapshots of a particularly colorful portion of the cliffs on Mt. Webster.
Autumn colors on north end of Mt. Webster
After photographing the vistas shown above, I then began snapping some random snapshots of a variety of things which I thought were picturesque.
Colorful woods in Crawford Notch
Picturesque cluster of fungus
A solitary "pretty as a picture" mushroom
Autumn leaves floating in the pond at the Willey House site
After 20 minutes or so, I left the Willey House site and then drove about a tenth of a mile up the Crawford Notch. I parked at the widened shoulder of the road which is used by ice climbers to access a massive rock slab that accumulates a thick layer of ice each winter. I followed the faint pathway that leads to this slab. From previous visits to this spot, I knew that it provides an interesting perspective looking northward up the Crawford Notch.
Northward view along railroad tracks in Crawford Notch
Southward view along railroad tracks in Crawford Notch
From the railroad tracks, it's only about a 5 minute hike to reach the slab. The next photo shows just a small portion of this enormous chunk of rock.
Small portion of enormous slab on west side of Crawford Notch
The vistas from the edges of this slab are both interesting, and picturesque. The next photo is slightly zoomed and shows a portion of the Crawford Notch in the vicinity of Mt. Willard.
Slightly zoomed view of Crawford Notch in the vicinity of Mt. Willard
This next snapshot is basically the same as the previous photo, except it is NOT zoomed, and it shows a portion of the slab in the foreground.
Un-zoomed view of Crawford Notch in the vicinity of Mt. Willard
I also took a snapshot looking toward Mt. Webster, which is located directly across the slab on the opposite side of Crawford Notch.
A portion of Mt. Webster (as viewed from the slab on the western wall of Crawford Notch)
And, shown below is one last photo. It's a highly zoomed snapshot of Mt. Willard. If you look very closely, you can see the tiny "dots" of hikers enjoying their day atop the massive cliff on the south end of this mountain.
Highly zoomed photo of Mt. Willard (hikers can faintly be seen at the top of the cliff)
To sum it up, although I thoroughly enjoyed my recent visit to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, ME, this mini-trek in the Crawford Notch served as a gentle reminder that there's a lot of really neat stuff to be seen right here in New Hampshire!