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Our group of 6 planned on hiking both White Face and Pasconaway.. we decided to leave our snow shoes behind which was a big mistake. We used hillsound micro spikes all the way. The ledges at the top of Whiteface were challenging. The traverse on Rollins was filled with 1.5 feet of snow. We post holed over a loosely broken trail by one snow shoer. We were exhausted and decided to save Pasconaway for another day. It’s definitely winter and snow shoe season in the White Mountains

So a friend, me and her toddler (he was carried, lol) did this hike Oct 7. The Bemis portion is beautiful, the only thing is to meet back up with the Arethusa trail it’s pretty much straight up. We managed, but be forewarned to avoid the Bemis section unless you want to 1) back track or 2) climb. The falls are gorgeous and the trails were well kept. I’d love to do it again after the winter thaw.

We took Bemis Trail (yellow) up and stopped at some amazing smaller which was pools and falls. The Bemis Trail is about .5 miles long. The one thing to consider is when Bemis joins back to the Arethusa Trail (blue) it is a STRAIGHT up using your hands at times to meet back up with the Arethusa Trail.
We did it with our 9 year old and this was the only portion he complained about.
The falls were well worth the hike. I could have stayed all day.
Note: If you are looking at hiking this in the November+ days at least microspikes are recommended.
The map shown on this page is just the Arethusa Trail, it does not show the red on Bemis.

Great easy short hike to see waterfalls.

I have loved this spot since I was a kid, alot more crowded in the summer now, but good cool down hike after any of the longer ones In the park. perfect place to get children in the water when warm enough. instagram@jculler421

1 month ago

We had a great time hiking the .3 miles in snow to the falls. It's a beautiful place and a short walk. The stairs were closed to view from the upper area but we still got great pictures and took home some wonderful memories.

Very nice moderate hike. Views of the lake at various spots on way up. Summit has views north and I’m told if you continue off the summit on the Ridge Line Trail there are nice views north about a mile or so down. Enjoyable hike... would definitely do it again in the future.

1 month ago

good quick hike. view point is small but beautiful. less crowded than West Rattlesnake

Took my 7 and 4 year olds and they loved it and did great.

Beautifully scenic views...

The trail is a challenging enough workout, steep midway. I was fortunate enough for a friend to tell me to “keep to the right “. The slabs in the upper area can be confusing and easy to get lost. It lacks big enough cairns. They were ‘baby cairns’, a couple of stones here and there. There were very few and faded blazers also. It’s easy to miss the trail markers for the turn to Stairs Col trail as well, if you’re heading that way. Once at the top, the views are worthy. Starting the descent is also confusing without cairns to guide you. Otherwise it’s a pretty good trail for a moderate hike. Keep to the right!

I enjoy a good rock scramble. This trail has a lot of loose rocks. A couple steep spots to begin with, but it eventually levels out. Some nice views off the lookouts. I just didn’t enjoy this trail.

Great bang for the buck!

Wonderful hike! Great views of the lake at various points prior to reaching the peak which has interesting views up to the whites. Washington snow shrouded on this October day. I’m told there is a view point about a mile further from the peak along Ridge Line Trail. The trail is well marked and moderate. The day was topped off by a hawk landing on the trail directly in front of us near the end of the hike.

1 month ago

beautiful area. there's a trail the extends beyond The falls and follows the Brook upstream. very easy hike with a rewarding end.

This was a challenging hike as it was our second moderate one of the day but it was very rewarding at the end. The falls are breathtaking and can not be captured with a photo! Not a a lot of room to spread out and relax at the falls but it wasn’t crowded when we went and we were able to relax and enjoy the view for a while. We had a small dog with us and he had no trouble on the hike.

Great area for fall camping
colorful at that time of the year
Amazing trails

Love this waterfall. Easy trail to a very cool waterfall.

Great little hike, steep! It does connect to other trails, recommend taking ridge trail on your way back over to west rattlesnake summit, the view is even more incredible there!!

1 month ago

From the Dan River to the Hanging Rock State Park parking lot, this trail takes you across maybe 10 creek crossings, with several up to ankle deep as well as takes you to Window and Hidden Falls near the top; I hiked this during the Pilot Mtn to Hanging Rock 32 mile event., as 100s of runners came down the trail as I was going down and up. Nice cool fall day and a great hike!

trail running
1 month ago

Short 1 mile loop, great for family's and kids. Trail breaks off halfway through and leads to Saco river with awesome views.

1 month ago

Did the trail today with my husband today. Not a bad hike and the gals were beautiful today. Worth the hike.

1 month ago

This is a pretty steep hike (like 900 feet of elevation in half a mile kind of steep), but otherwise I’d say it’s on the easier side. The last half mile or so offers great views, though the markers on the rocks are a little sparse at times. The summit has great views all around.

This is a decent moderate hike. Starts out gradually with a decent incline, as you hear the stream on your left. Eventually it will level off a bit before another incline. As you approach the destination (The falls), you actually descend. It's been a relatively wet week, so there were muddy stretches.
Overall it is a nice short hike, and the falls at the end are beautiful, however the trail is very busy. Too busy in my opinion. Perhaps it was because of the long holiday weekend.

2 months ago

I would call this more easy than moderate beautiful waterfalls.

Incredible view!

2 months ago

We did not find the climb gradual; the trail typically had repeating steep sections followed by flat. We didn't fully summit though - at the second overlook, we saw thick clouds moving in and feared rain. The decent would have been really tricky if wet. Regardless, the views at both overlooks were beautiful and the trail itself was lovely and well marked.

trail running
2 months ago

Awesome for a trail run!

Light traffic on this trail with a gradual climb. Beautiful vistas along the trail with views of Winnipesaukee. View from the summit is not as spectacular. About 3/4 of the trail is deep woods.

Beautiful hike, however you have to find the trail first!! Not the easiest place to find. We parked at The Thompson House Eatery and then crossed 16 at the Lodge at Jackson Village and turned right into Green Hill Rd. Walk past 2 houses on the right and head towards water department signs...in there lies the trail. Even on a rainy day it was a gorgeous hike by the river!

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