Crawford Notch State Park has 5,775 acres providing access to numerous hiking trails, waterfalls, fishing, wildlife viewing, and spectacular mountain views. Crawford Notch State Park is rich in history with the famous Willey House. The campground in the park is Dry River Campground and offers 36 wooded sites.
This is a hike I've been doing this hike for 30+ years, my kids grew up doing this and when we finished they had to cross the street and do Elephant Head. I brought the G'kids, age 4 & 6 this year - they loved it too! The bonus after the 2 hikes was they still had energy to play on the AMC playground before falling asleep in the car on the way home!
We did this great trail counter clockwise. It is a great work out since the first part is pretty steep. The views from the summit are breathtaking. There was not a whole lot of water in the falls. Not many hikers on the Frankenstein part but it was heavily trafficked on the Arethusa part. Great hike!
Hiked up the Crawford Path to the summit of Mount Pierce. Did not do Mount Jackson, simply turned around at the top and came back down. Right before the summit, past the Mitzpah Hut there is a difficult and steep section to ascend. The Crawford Path is rocky, but very doable for most of it. I enjoyed this hike, especially the views of Mount Eisenhower, other parts of the Presidentials and Mount Washington. It was my first 4000 footer.
Great trail. Took the Bemis trail along the brook and then a tough vertical climb to rejoin the main trail. Hung out at the falls for a bit to have lunch and then decided to not hike the cliffs but rather call it a day instead and return hike back to the lot. 10/10/16 was a chilly and windy day with plenty of sunshine. Maybe I'm a bit out of shape,lol. People much older then me were passing me by on the trail.
I am looking forward to completing the entire trail someday. Will be back.
What a beautiful day -- definitely challenging on the Frankenstein Cliff trail if you're going at a good speed but absolutely worth the climb for the views. I would definitely reccomend taking the side Falcon Cliff trail - secluded and stunning views. Great place to go in the fall to see the foliage!