Hiking New Hampshire
by Larry Pletcher (Falcon Guides)
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Moderate to easy hike with some big step downs so be cautious. Can be difficult for someone who has never hiked or is out of shape. The reward at the end is so worth it though. Such beautiful scenery for such an easy hike. Can get crowded on a warm summer day. Head towards the falls and turn left to hike up to the falls themselves. Be very careful and alert when doing this.
Hike to the falls is a good uphill with a rewarding downhill before reaching the falls. After hiking there the scenery is very rewarding and worth the tiring hike. I would imagine for avid hikers this trail is easy but as an office working who gets little daily exercise the trail was on the difficult side but well worth it. We went on a Sunday and the falls had a good amount of visitors, I imagine during the week the crowd is much smaller. There is plenty of parking space and a visitors center at the trail head. I would say this is definitely a waterfall to see if you are in the area and looking for some rewarding scenery.
My 4th time to the falls (2x just the falls/2x the falls + Frankenstein Cliff), but 1st time this early in the year.
There was still some hard pack snow on the ground, but we started around 11am, it was bright and sunny, so the snow was a little softer than expected.
Took the Bemis trail up...mistake! The trail isn't that steep, but at the end, where it merges with the main trail, is where you get all of your elevation. At this time of the year footing was treacherous.
With all the rain the area received in the past week, the falls were flowing pretty well, with the sides still covered in ice.
A great hike at any time of the year.
I am not a great hiker - I'm a flatlander from Iowa - but living in New Hampshire, my partner insisted we try. It's a steady incline but the elevation isn't bad - there are some big steps up and down so watch your knees, but we saw kids and people with tiny dogs doing it no problem - and the falls - WOW - the view was amazing and so so so worth it! I'd do it again. An inspiring hike.
Nice hike with beautiful waterfalls! We went up the Arethusa Falls trail but came back on the Bemis Brook trail. The Bemis Brook trail is very steep with lots of tree roots. A couple look out areas though that are worth checking out.
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