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."
--Marty Basch, Winter Trails: Vermont & New Hampshire (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Bruce Lessels, Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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