Ellis River Trail

Jackson, New Hampshire 03846

Elevation Gain409ft
Trailhead Elevation767ft
Elevation Min/Max767/928ft
Elevation Start/End767/767ft

Ellis River Trail

Ellis River Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Jackson, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is three miles long and begins at 767 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 409 feet. The Waffle Hut drinking water can be seen along the trail. There is also a wetland along the trail.

Ellis River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Sometimes it’s just hard to choose a trail to ski at a cross-country ski center. That can happen in Jackson, New Hampshire. When it does, try this long loop, which features three of the system’s trails—Ellis River, High Water, and the Hall. The Ellis River Trail is a favorite among White Mountain trails.

The trail runs through evergreens and hardwoods close to the waters of the west bank of the Ellis River, its 4.5-mile length terminating at a warm inn. The trail is like a park—well groomed and civilized. The Ellis River Trail has one-way sections, offering north and south corridors. Each direction yields a different experience. Surface quality: Single tracked, double tracked, skating portions."

"The Ellis River typifies the White Mountains. Starting near the slopes of Mount Washington, it cascades down the very heart of Pinkham Notch, contorting among rock formations and rapids to drop finally into the Saco River near the junction of Routes 16 and 302. In its upper part the Ellis displays some of the most tempting class V and VI rapids in New England. It’s intriguing to scout these sections, wondering how you would run the blind 90° turns or squeeze through the narrow slots when the water itself has trouble doing so.

Lower down rapids become more manageable, with stretches of calm water and some variation in sophistication and difficulty. This is the section for sport, not stunt. The Ellis is relatively small, with a watershed to match. It seldom has enough water for paddling, but when the snow melts and the whitewater eggs hatch, it does offer a fine adventure."

Ellis River Trail Reviews

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The trail was closed January 29th for lack of snow, it had a ice base of 1-2 inches.The night of the 29th in snowed 5 inches and just like that we had open trails for skiing! The full 8 km was open and groomed and made for a great day of skiing,even the side (blue trails) were open.Our plan was to start off at Jackson and as the trail guide states finish off at the Inn at the end of the trail. Remember the saying "everything is not always as it seems." After following all the signs to Dana's Inn we reached the stream crossing that leads to the Inn only to find it much too dangerous to cross.Thus we sat at the crossing shore snacking on fruit instead of feasting at the Inn as planed.The trip back to Jackson was easier because of the 500 feet elevation gain getting to the crossing.You will find getting something for lunch at Jackson during Inn to Inn skiing is not that simple, for most of them open at 4pm for meals outside of breakfast.We moved on to Bear Notch Feb 2 for even better conditions.

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Oct 2018