Ethan Pond Trail

Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire
Elevation Gain2,582ft
Trailhead Elevation1,444ft
Elevation Min/Max1444/2909ft
Elevation Start/End1444/1444ft

Ethan Pond Trail

Ethan Pond Trail is a hiking trail in Carroll County and Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest and Crawford Notch State Park. It is 6.9 miles long and begins at 1,444 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,582 feet. The Ethan Pond Trailhead (elevation 1,444 feet) parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Shoal Pond Trail, Thoreau Falls Trail, Zeacliff Trail and Zealand Trail.
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Heavy snow going into the trail 3-6 new inches fell overnight and during our morning climb. Waist deep snow halfway and to the top of the trail. No snow shoes going up made it a good workout. Snow melted on the bottom half as we descended during the afternoon.
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The Ethan Pond trail is a difficult 3 mile hike off the US Route 302 located in Crawford Notch in the White Mountains of NH. It is actually part of the Appalachian Trail in Franconia Ridge. The entrance to the trail is about 2 miles North on US Route 302 from the Harts Location General Store or less than a mile South of the Willey Homestead Site. There is plenty of parking either at the base of the trail or on a short paved road that leads to Route 302. The site is well marked and well maintained. My fellow hikers and I started hiking the trail at about 10:00 a.m. and about a half mile in chose to check out Ripley falls. To do this we took a round trip of just under a mile and a half hour of moderate medium pace climbing. There were a few hikers on the trail and a few more sitting enjoying the falls. Once we returned to the Ethan Pond trail we started the most challenging part of the climb, ascending about 1500 feet in 2 miles. On this stretch of trail we passed trails to the Kendron Flume Trail and The Willey House trail. After this stretch we settled in for the next mile on a relatively flat terrain until reaching Ethan Pond. Traffic on a Saturday was fairly light, we passed probably eight people during this stretch. Ethan Pond has a beautiful view where the trail enters. Here we stopped, had a friendly hiker take our photo and settled in for a little lunch. Up from the pond about an eighth of a mile is tent camping and an AMC shelter and outhouse. We did not partake in these items but did read some of the stories left behind by fellow hikers. At this point it started to rain a little so we hustled back to the car. Overall this hike was quite enjoyable and took us about 3 hours. Challenging, but not extreme, lacking the sensation of summitting, but a hike that contained some choice sites. I recommend it highly for a day hike.

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Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
"Located along the edges of the Pemigewasset Wilderness, this hike takes you across a low point in the Willey Range (elevation 2,907') before reaching Ethan Pond. Although the elevation rise is relatively gradual, there is still a gain of more than 1,500 feet in the trip to Ethan Pond. This elevation gain alone makes the trip a notch over moderate when it comes to the energy expended. Pretty Ethan Pond is home to both moose and bear. Many have been spotted there, so keep an eye out. Tamarack, also called the eastern larch, lines the shores of the pond." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Robert N. Buchsbaum
"Ethan Allen Crawford described the pond that would be named for him thusly: “For beauty and grandeur it is nowhere surpassed by any spot to me known about these mountains.” Ripley Falls is one of the most impressive cascades in the White Mountains." Read more

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Crawford Notch State Park
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