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Climbed the weekend of 12/16. Trail was hard packed and easy to follow. Conditions were great albeit frigid and windy. I saw a man going up OBT In ripped jeans and no traction, don’t be that guy. Make sure to bring microspikes or snowshoes and dress appropriately. Amazing views, this is a must do if you’re local.

Completed this as a winter hike. Little bitter rougher hike with snow on the ground. Did the hike in regular boots with "Stabil" slip on traction from L.L. Bean ($26/each). Hike length is correct about 1.4 miles from trail head. The hike was moderate. Great view of the frozen falls at the end. The trip was definitely initely worth the pay off.

Did this during the winter storm on Nov 27th. The snow got deeper as we kept getting higher in elevation. You definitely need to make sure you have the proper gear if snow is on the ground. 2nd time I've done this trail and always amazing!

Super snowy and beautiful. Lesson learned: if you are debating about wether or not to carry snowshoes the answer is probably carry them. Left mine in the car, and my legs are feeling all step kicking and postholing through 3-4 foot+ drifts. Well worth it for the views at the top.

Did this with a summer camp. Really fun, not challenging. There is a cliff at one point but you don't have to go near the edge. Steep rock face to climb but I was fine in hiking boots. Took five hours with slow frequently stopping camp group. Would probably take four hours with a frequently stopping but well paced group. (done somepoint in July)

Really liked this hike! It was crowded when we started in the afternoon on a weekend. We had to park on the main road outside the parking lot and saw a ton of people on the trail. The hike was challenging but the views at the top were great!

Great hike on a beautiful sunny day. The trail was well-packed so snowshoes were not needed. We wore spikes the whole way. It became really soft in the afternoon, so expect icy conditions tomorrow when temps drop. It took us about 2 hours to reach the summit and one hour to get back down. Our dog had no problem at all going up or down.

Great winter hike! I would suggest microspikes and poles for some of the steeper areas! The Fall itself was completely frozen when we went!

Beautiful day, gorgeous views from the fire tower, and lots of friendly pupperinos on the trail! We were glad to have our microspikes on some of the steeper sections near the top.

I’ve done this hike a few times. Gone with kids ages 8 and up during May in New England. May flies prohibit a great hike during this month as they’re everywhere.

The trail however is an incredible family adventure with challenges up a somewhat flat and steep incline. Slow and steady and the kids find the challenges once traversed as monumental achievements.

Beautiful scenery and skyline views and surprisingly little traffic.

Makes for a full day adventure where you can stop numerous times for water, potty, feeding breaks.

I suggest plenty of water and healthy snacks in a medium travel pack. The more people the merrier this will be in your group.

I did this hike back on 10-05-2018 as my first real hike. I made the first peak with out too much trouble. After that I knew I was over my head. Be that as it may it is an excellent experience and awesome hike. The views at each of the 3 peaks and even in-between were great. I went up the waterfall side and down the hut side. Highly recommend this hike. Look forward to doing it again in the winter

Wife and I climbed Mt Major this morning. A beautiful day to be outdoors. Temps were in the Low 40’s with sunshine. Wind made it a little chilly at the summit. Always remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather. Just poor choices in clothing:). Took us 1.5 hours up and 1 hour down. Recommend some sort of traction cleats or crampons as well as trekking poles. Approximately 6 to 8 inches of snow throughout most of the hike. A little slippery coming down the blue trail. All in all a very blessed day.

This is a very unique hike which is totally different from any conventional hiking trails you’ll find in the sierras. Definitely worth doing at least once. Be careful; it’s very easy to slip and fall. Views are OK, not much to look at honestly.

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.

Absolutely breathtaking! One of the prettiest hikes I’ve taken on a cold, but sunny, clear day, completed November 12th 2018. Definitely go up the falling waters trail in winter and come down the old bridle path. It’s incredibly icy and much safer to climb up than go down the falling waters path, and still the several river crossings are a bit of a challenge. Microspikes are a must! But so worth the views! It was pretty cold up on the ridge, and quite windy, so be sure to dress correctly.

Climbed for first time. Not a traditional walking trail. Trail begins at white dot trail over rocks and tree roots and ascends quickly. Lots of granite on trail. In fact the “trail” turns to all grainte rock scrambling most of the way, sometimes crab walking on all fours becomes necessary. The summit is beautiful. Getting down equally rocky. Follow the trail markings, take your time, enjoy to views.

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.

This was a great hike! It was a little tough to tell which season Mother Nature had in mind, lol. About half way up, spikes were VERY handy! The summit was windy and cold, but oh so majestic with ice and snow and bluebird skies! I didn’t consider this an overly difficult hike...moderate at best and perfect for what I needed! I WILL be back!

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate trail despite the snow on the ground. Our spikes definitely made our life easier. We didn’t have the courage to climb the ladder and boulders, so we took the alternate trail to the summit, which was much easier. Amazing view on the top and lots of space to rest. Highly recommend this trail!

Really great hike!! First mile is relatively simple, second mile is more climbing than hiking. We underestimated how cold/windy/icy the hike would be towards the summit. Wear good hiking shoes and many layers!

hiking
1 month ago

Unbelievable views from the fire tower, but we definitely regretted not bringing crampons to help scale the icy 30% grade sections. The incline is constant, but not too difficult, especially considering our frequent brakes to look at the amazing views. There were about 5-6 inches of snow on the top but it was easy to climb without getting too cold.

Great hike with a good mix of wooded hiking and rock scrambling above the tree line. Includes a false peak. Be prepared, it’s 10-15 degrees colder at the peak vs the base. It’s also very windy at the peak. The payoff is worth it at the peak as the views are stunning. So many great photo ops during the climb. I took the White Dot trail up and the White Cross trail down. The White Cross trail is supposedly less steep, but it still is a steep rocky decent that can take its toll on the knees and ankles. These two trails are heavily trafficked so be prepared to make the hike with 1,000 of your closest new friends. All-in-all, a solid day hike!

Great day hike and close to home.

Great trail! I would not recommend it to a novice hiker/group of hikers! Be careful of the weather as I am camping here at the campground in white out conditions. I had to get to the campground early where things are sheltered by a valley(hence Valley Way) at about 4130 ft. Campground is about 3.8 miles from Appalachia Trailhead. Believe it or not I still haven't ascended a peak due to bad weather, but I still rate this trail as excellent as I ran into a nice man from the AMC cleaning up this trail for free in his own free time. Excellent views during good weather, Airline especially.

Great day for a hike:) Mount Major did not disappoint!

scenic driving
1 month ago

Great scenic drive! So many spots to pull over and see the amazing views. Most of the leaves are gone, but this dive was stunning. Lots of campgrands and hiking trails. Already made plans to go back.

Peak bagging is what sent me to Moosilauke, and I'm really glad it did. It was about 31* at the trailhead (Gorge brook trail). about 2 miles in i had to stop and put on my micro-spikes. From there to the summit it was ice/snow. Really perfect fall hiking in my opinion. The Gorge brook trail was a steady easy to light moderate ascent. The summit is exposed and was windy when I was there. I only had about 30 meter visibility due to the clouds but the hike was great. I made my way over to South Peak which was an easy add on using the Carriage road trail. I continued down the Carriage road trail which offered some views below the clouds. To get back to the Gorge brook trail I took the Snapper trail. Which creates a nice little lollipop loop.

Tips: Park up by the ravine lodge as close as they will allow.

There are 2 trail entrances. One is down in front of the lodge. The other is at the end of the dirt road...which redirects you to the other entrance. Either method will get you to the trailhead.

Be careful after crossing the bridge to the Gorge brook trail. It is not marked but you will need to make a right turn to stay on the Gorge brook trail. If you continue walking along the river you are going the wrong way.

Well marked trail. Very rocky and filled of roots. Definitely suggest spikes. Nice views and plenty of Gray Jay's on the trail! Would definitely do this trail again in nicer weather!

I had some trepidation leading up to this hike, as this was our first early winter hike in the White Mountains, and we were taking my son to celebrate his 10th birthday (this marked his 6th 4000 footer!). That said, I did my research and made several trips to REI to ensure I had the right equipment. Layers were definitely required and we wouldn’t have been able to complete the journey without microspikes. I’m grateful to the employee at REI who talked me out of the Yaktrax brand and insisted we needed the actual spikes. The journey through the trees covered with ice and snow made for an added degree of difficulty but is doable. The entire loop, and short trip to South Peak took us about 5.5 hours, allowing us time to take several short breaks. The only reason I’m not giving this 5 stars is simply because we had no visibility at the summit. But thats not the mountain’s fault! The cold whipping air and frozen over summit marker just added to our memories of a great hike!
As an aside, I’d highly recommend staying at the Ravine Lodge and getting some warm food and rustic comforts!!!

Always a great hike! I enjoy the challenge of the Rock scrambles and the sense of accomplishment and freedom when I reach the top. Amazing views well worth the hike. Bring more water & energy boosting snacks than thank you think you need as this hike will have your legs working extremely hard most of the time. Can’t wait to climb this one again.

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