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Was a nice easy trek. It was very beautiful.

Pretty steep, although fairly short. The views are great, especially from Bald Mountain. Artist’s Bluff might be unsettling to those with a fear of heights.

Did the hike out to the waterfall on a pleasant March day, just had 12” of snow a couple days before and there was already a nice packed trail from snowshoers. There are benches along the way to sit, relax and take in the beauty and watch for moose and other wildlife. I was pleasantly surprised by Rainbow Falls, it looks great in the winter, can’t wait to see it in the other seasons as we moved just a mile from there and it’s basically in our backyard. Would highly recommend.

17 days ago

my boyfriend and I hiked this 2 years ago, in early September. Great hike. Not too strenuous, nice views. Great for kids and beginners.

Loved the view!!!!

27 days ago

Fairly easy hike with terrific views of Echo Lake and the ski trails at Cannon. Plenty of parking. In warmer weather, you can go for a post-hike swim.

Beautiful scenery, and waterfalls were incredible. Huge, and ice is thick enough you can walk close to the falls and see the water running underneath.

Icy trail (after rain and hard freeze and significant foot traffic). Would not do Bemis Brook without crampons. Blue-blazed trail running straight to the falls is doable or even easy without them, though difficult in spots.

I only went to Georgiana Falls. The trail was muddy, eroded, and got rocky towards the end, and the rain didn’t help. We stopped at a cascade, then I scrambled up some steep and slippery rocks to get to the waterfall. I imagine it would be much nicer on a drier day in late spring.

Very nice hike, starts off gradual and gets increasingly steeper until a little scrambling near the end. Easily doable by nearly all ages, though, and you start getting views part way up. Great vistas on the summit of the Lakes Region, the White Mountains, and Mount Washington on a clear day. I have heard that it can get extremely crowded on weekends in the summer and fall, so plan your hike accordingly.

Thought I would need snow shoes but that’s not the case today. Had the it to myself and the fall was so beautiful

1 month ago

A gorgeous hike to a magnificent waterfall.

1 month ago

A short loop to some pretty views of Alton Bay, squam lake and lake winniepasuke.. The parking lot fills up quickly in the morning. A must do at sunrise.

We only went as far as the top of upper Georgiana Falls (1.8m). That cut out almost half of the elevation gain, making it a hike easy enough for our young kids. Our favorite hike in Franconia Notch with young kids, however, is the Basin Cascades Trail to Kinsman Falls.

A very pretty and fairly easy hike. There were a few small scrambles and a lot of forest; it took us ~1.5 hours to do a round trip. There are quite a number of people here (at least in summer), but the views are worth it, and there's a nice spot for a picnic at the very top!

Was beautiful in the “winter wonderland”

Did this hike in October with my little pup. It was pretty quiet on the Tuesday morning but I can imagine that it would be incredibly busy most weekends, especially in the fall. We took the main trail up and the Brook Trail down. Amazing views of Winnipesaukee from the summit!

Beautiful woods with a long, gradual approach in. Didn't summit today, made it about 2.5m in. Fresh snow, some ice, lots of animal tracks, few human tracks, and multiple (still unfrozen) stream crossings. Didn't need spikes or poles, but it was slower going and slippery in places.

I thought it was a pretty easy hike (besides the icyness towards the top) for one of the most gorgeous waterfalls I've ever seen. The chipmunks and squirrels were so cute :) Stop and take a moment to smell the Balsam fir needles, just like christmas, not sure if they're only fragrant in the winter? It was like a dream, go see the beauty for yourself!

Pretty hike. It was certainly microspike worthy-especially next to the cascades. The yellow blazes could use some touching up and the trail could use some maintenance - lots of down large trees on the 1st 1/2 of the trail. Would like to come back during the summer to really take advantage of the gorgeous cascades.

I started at Jordan pond and ascended up south bubble to north bubble to Conor’s nubble and then started back via eagle lake trail and Jordan pond carry back to Jordan pond for a loop. Going up south bubble is pretty much straight up and for someone not use to hiking can be pretty challenging but after that summit the others are fairly easy. Great views of Jordan pond and eagle lake. I thought eagle lake trail would be more like Jordan pond trail but I was wrong. Definitely more rugged. But overall great hike

Brook trail got icier the higher up you went. Stick to the edges and you will be okay. Be sure to bring an extra pair of socks in case you slip and step onto water (like I did.. a few times). Higher up the trail, more boulders and rocks so be mindful - ankle support is key.

Nice family hike with nice views. Fairly slippery today due to ice on the trail. Also fairly windy near the top- 25-35 mph estimated wind gusts so wind chill was 13 degrees F.

My favorite hike in Acadia. There’s some people but far less than many of the other trails. Great views.

Nice views but you won’t lack for company. Parking is horrible during peak times.

Great trail. Moderate effort. Roundtrip took about 3 hrs. We took the brook trail (yellow) up and boulder (orange) trail down. Weather was great. Cool but only a little bit of wind. Make sure you have good boots. Lots of rocks and boulders so you could easily twist an ankle. Also, ice is starting to appear on the brook trail but boulder was dry. Great views of the lake at the top of Mt Major. Will be back to do the range trail.

4 months ago

nice hiking, pretty, pleasantly hilly, but hard to follow the route, yellow marks on trees help. we are pretty experienced and ended up taking a completely different route than planned.

Brook trail is my least favorite as the brook tends to impede the trail throughout. I recommend blue and orange instead

4 months ago

Beautiful fall hike! Started around 11am from the Echo Lake parking lot and ended at 1pm in the Cannon overflow lot. Great day for hiking and only came across a few other people so not crowded at all! Perfect for tiring out the puppy!

Starts out easy enough with a bit of rocky, steep, terrain. Wear ankle support. Fantastic views.

Hiked up to the summit with my husband and dog. My husband had some issues with the more steep areas but my dog and I managed to make it up and down just fine, with my husband tagging along behind us. The hike to the summit and back down took us about 3 hours.

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