Pathfinder | 150 pts
Started out on Bemis Brook trail at 10:00am. The trail was pretty soggy probably due to the area had received rain the night before. There were a couple fairly steep staircase type climbs along the trail but none were really too long. I did get a early treat by seeing several falls along the trail before getting to the main attraction. It is a short descent to Arethusa Falls. Bring some water shoes or sport sandals but be prepared for some shockingly cold water to cool you off if you dare to walk out along the ledge under the fall. Climb out of the falls and continue along the cliff trail which has some moderate staircase climbs as well. There is a great view to the southwest of Mt. Bemis. As you wind around to the northern side of the trail there are spectacular views to the north of Mt. Washington, Dry river and surrounding mountains. As you begin the descent, some parts were fairly steep and gravelly requiring caution. The cliffs are also a spectacular feature of the hike and worth the additional mileage to get to them. The crowds I expected just weren't there, on the trail hikers were few and dispersed, and at the falls there may have been four or five small groups. This is a highly recommended hike, plan for a half-day for the full 4.7 mile loop.