Kilburn Crags - Majesty in Under a Mile

North Country Local Kilburn Crags

Found just a couple miles outside of downtown Littleton is one of the North Country’s best chances for you to enjoy a vista of breathtaking proportions: it’s an hour-long round-trip hike called Kilburn Crags. Drive about a mile up Rt 18/135 St. Johnsbury Road, and on the left-hand side of the road you’ll find a small parking spot that would fit about 3 cars side-by-side. If you plan on hiking up Kilburn Crags with a group, you’ll want to make plans to carpool.


Thanks to the volunteers from the Littleton Conservation Commission, Kilburn Crags is maintained yearly. It’s a 7/10 mile long trail that takes about 30 minutes to reach the top, listed as a beginner’s trail great for all skill levels. You’ll want to know, though, that there are definitely parts of the trail that are steep. The beginning of the trail is a path that leads up a boundary line between two properties. It continues up the left-hand side of a field by a stone wall before disappearing into the trees and up around a bend. Following old logging roads, the trail is clearly marked so it’s easy to make your way to the top.

North Country Local Kilburn Crags

North Country Local Kilburn Crags

When you’re hiking there are two spots where you’ll find a bench to rest. Kilburn Crags is at 1,300 feet and situated on the northeastern part of Walker Mountain, and when you’re at the top you’ll be looking out over Littleton, the Presidential Range, the Ammonoosuc River Valley as well as North Country icons Lafayette and Cannon Mountains on the right. When you see this view for the first time, you’ll immediately know from where you’re looking out: driving through Littleton, going west on Rt. 302 Meadow Street, there’s a rocky ledge near the top of the mountain that acts as a backdrop to the western side of town. You’re now standing on those rocks.


Kilburn Crags offers one of the most beautiful views you can expect to find on a half hour hike in the North Country. It’s just another legacy that Daniel Remich left to the town, and has been an inspiration for young hikers for well over one hundred years. It’s a fantastic hike for dogs, but it is asked that any dog on trail is leashed. In the Winter you’ll still see plenty of signs of human and animal activity up and down the trail, and plenty of signs of wildlife criss-crossing the trail. Depending on the time of year and the amount of snow, you may want to bring snowshoes to hike up.

North Country Local Kilburn Crags

North Country Local Kilburn Crags

Once you’re at the top you’ll understand why it’s such a destination for photographers. The town of Littleton is sprawled before you and the flow of traffic is so far below you it appears as if the cars and trucks are just crawling along. The White Mountains provide an epic framing of the Ammonoosuc River Valley below. There’s a picnic table at the top so you can enjoy a meal, but you’ll want to “Carry In/Carry Out” as there’s no trash cans anywhere along the trail.


Kilburn Crags isn’t so much of a secret anymore, if it ever really was one; it was featured in New Hampshire Magazine’s editor’s pick of the best “locals only hiking trail” for 2015’s “Best of NH 2015” edition, and it’s often featured on hiking blogs. Whether you’re a Littleton native or just pass through the area occasionally, Kilburn Crags is definitely a great choice for a quick hike that offers tremendous rewards at the top...and just like most things North Country, the best rewards come when you work hard and conquer a mountain, no matter what size it is.

North Country Local Kilburn Crags

North Country Local Kilburn Crags