"This entry-level hike introduces the territory of the Wild River, an out-of-the-way region of sculptured valleys and random foothills east of Pinkham Notch, just west of the Maine border. Attaining elevations of only 2,300 feet, this low-level ramble often avoids the late spring snows that blanket nearby peaks and sports instead early blooming flowers that carpet the forest floor.
A simple, triangular walk upstream, across a hilly divide, and back to the trailhead beside the intricacies of Blue Brook, this delightful five-hour outing can be enjoyed as a moderate day trip or as a superb backpack for families with older children. Veteran hikers can move on to more distant adventures in the far reaches of the Wild River watershed, all the way to the alluring summits of the lofty Carter Range. Special attractions: The Wild River, a view from the Basin's rim, and a plunging stream with pretty cascades in the woodsy Blue Brook Valley."