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2 days ago

Yes the hut is open despite the shutdown!! Went on a foggy day and couldn’t see the view much, but still a great hike and the hut is so cool! Definitely need micro spikes, but didn’t need snowshoes as the trial is very packed down. Saw a few other friendly folks too! First mile is steep, then evens out nicely. Will have to go back to see that view on the lake!

Really enjoyed this hike as an intro to snow hiking in the white mountain. Micro spikes were absolutely necessary. Be prepared with extra layers and freezing temps. Amazing views and fun trail. Looking forward to this hike in warmer temps.

7 days ago

Anyone know if the hut is open right now due to the govt shutdown? Thanks in advance.

Champney in the winter was great. Enjoyed seeing ice climbers at the falls and crossing the river over ice bridges. My dog had a blast!

thankful for the hut on windy winter days!

13 days ago

Easy short hike, pretty in winter time! Be careful with parking though if you drive a smaller car, our car got stuck as did another group’s !

Great hike!! Trails are hard packed with ice, traction is a must!. My hillsounds made easy work of the ledges. Some mixed conditions (ice and rock) going up Welch. I did run into a group that turned around because they couldn’t get purchase safely with their traction (yax and katahoulas).
The saddle in between the 2 is packed nicely. Beautiful views!! Will be hiking this again.

I have always LOVED this hike! Great views.

I have been here a few times and love it. Easy hike with a fabulous, unique waterfall. If you stick your head under the skinny falls you'll have a memorable experience, (ask my husband!).

Super gorgeous but extremely popular. It's a quick walk from the parking lot with stairs the whole way. Still, it was gorgeous to see and I got some great pictures of the kids!

The main falls were good but the REAL treat came with the small groups of falls that we found when we followed the river up. What a great day!!

The falls were lovely and my son had so much fun sliding on the rocks and getting wet. The problem was rhe popularity of the site. It was insane how many people were coming and going!!

on Franconia Falls Trail

18 days ago

Hiked this with my dog on Dec 30th. Wide trail, hard packed snow, river to your right and gorgeous sunny day. 22 degrees F in the morning and rose to 31 degrees. Hiking boots were okay, but microspikes were needed to approach the falls. It became too icy without spikes. A few people were on XC skis, but would not recommend without edges.

Beautiful views and an easy walk !

on Ripley Falls Trail

24 days ago

The road to the trailhead was closed and so required an additional climb to get to the trailhead. The trail is in good shape and the snow is well packed although there are some icy areas and at one point we had to do some rock hopping over a shallow stream. We didn’t see anybody else on the trail. The waterfall is gorgeous and icy this time of year. Highly recommended quick hike.

on Diana's Baths

24 days ago

An easy but very icy trail. Microspikes are highly recommended—we saw several people slipping and falling on the ice. Beautiful falls at the end of the trail.

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.

hiked this morning, beautiful with all the ice and snow on the water

nature trips
1 month ago

Love this place

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)

1 month ago

one of my favorite hikes to do in the winter!

1 month ago

Very easy walk. Snow is pretty packed down for the walk. Microspikes not needed today. Beautiful views. Can't wait to visit in the summer.

This was an easy trail with wonderful access over the Labor Day holiday. There were limited groups encountered on this hike and it was pet friendly. At the mid point our kids enjoyed the beach and playing in the water.

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.

1 month ago

This is a beautiful, easy walk that benefits from microspikes when icy, as it was the week before Thanksgiving this year. The Baths - a terraced series of falls - are lovely, and one can continue up the Moat Mountain Trail for miles.

1 month ago

Short hike of a trail along the edge of the falls.

1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall. A nice introduction to the White Mountains area.

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.

2 months ago

This trail is ABSOLUTELY pristine. What an amazing place to enjoy nature. ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR!!!
Cant wait to check it out in the winter!


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