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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.

First trail my family and I attempted after our recent move to New Hampshire. I’ve done some hunting and hiking in Colorado and Alaska, but my family has not. That being said- they did phenomenal. We made it up and back in a few hours. My children are 4 and 5, so it took a while longer than it may take most. The views were amazing. If you’re going in the fall or winter, dress appropriately, the temperature drops substantially at the peak, and it was SUPER windy when we went. Great hike though. Trails were easy to follow and the trail markers are clearly visible. All in all, great hike.

Well after the rain stopped...
great hike mainly because of the stunning leaf peeping. It was the perfect timing to see the autumn leaves. However, it was super muddy and slippery at times but great colors and good chilly temperatures to keep you nice and cool.

4 days ago

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

did this hike today with my 5 month old puppy, what a great hike. beautiful falls at the top and enjoyed friendly fellow hikers on our trek.

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.

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9 days ago

Beautiful peaceful hike along the falls, colors spectacular. Bridal Veil Falls a bit fogged in but still able to see the top of falls through the breaks in the fog

Nice and easy 5.0 mile Out and Back. Trail is in great shape, no mud. Took the whole family and even the 3 year old had no trouble. Not too steep! Not too rocky, it's just right!

First time hiking it .....easy to follow and we had a blast!!! The views are amazing ❤️

Great hike. A little confusing out of the gate so I used the All Trails GPS to stay on track. Loved the tempo and found it moderately difficult. Stunning views once your 3/4 up. May try to get to Black Snout and make a bigger loop next time

Edit to my other post: the whole route is not closed, just the route to the left from the parking lot. Sorry for any confusion.

This route is closed as far as I know. There is a house being built here and the only way up the mountain is the fire tower loop towards the right of the parking lot. Still a good hike but a bummer that section has been cut off. Hopefully there will be some rerouting?

totally worth the hike!

Amazing views, a good length, and one instance of confusing trail markers made this 4/5 for me. There are a maps available under the “Shelter” at the parking lot at the beginning of the West Ridge Trail. Also a few picnic tables there.

We hiked this trail at the end of September 2018, and the trail up to the rock face was soggy or muddy most of the way. Definitely hike in waterproof hiking boots/shoes. The water also made some of the rock face near the top rather slippery.

Our intent was to take the West Ridge Trail up and back. It is marked with orange paint. There is a fork in the West Ridge Trail about 1/4 mile before the peak, and the West Ridge Trail continues to be marked by orange paint on the rock face. It was confusing because there was an orange arrow pointing down the other fork, so we erroneously followed that fork (didn’t notice the orange paint on the rock face on our way up... see picture I uploaded). That fork ended up leading to where the South Peak and Rimrock trail breaks off, so our ascent to the peak was slightly steeper coming from that side vs. the West Ridge side.

I have not been hiking much recently, and was carrying a 35 pound toddler on my back for the duration of this hike. I also do not have good hiking shoes anymore. My knees are definitely feeling it this evening. Would recommend using a walking stick / hiking poles.

Also would not hike this unless it’s a clear day. The view is too pretty to waste on a cloudy / rainy day. We were a couple weeks early for peak fall colors, but was still worth it.

Great hike up. Really easy climb and great views at the top. There's a fire tower to climb. I think it took me an hour round trip.

Very Enjoyable hike up via Bemis Brook Trail and down Arethusa Falls Trail. Truly an awesome piece of nature. Make sure to stop along the many pools and falls along the Bemis Brook Trail.

The trail after the Bald Knob viewpoint has been closed for restoration.

Loved this hike. perfect shorter hike on a beautiful late summer day. 80, low humidity. Up Arethusa trail. (1hour including walk from lower lot on the road). Some nice climbs with differing terrain. There are a few high steps. Falls are gorgeous and definitely offered a reward for the trip.
Came back via Bemis Brook trail. The "trail" that connects the two was interesting. Very steep and mostly comprised of tree roots and pine needles. A little hairy of a descent. I was grateful for my trekking poles.
It might feel safer to climb rather than descend. Fortunately, conditions were dry so the footng was firm.
The lower falls were definitely worth seeing.
Excellent day in the woods. I would hike these trails again.

Surprisingly challenging for a short hike. Loved that you can splash around in the assorted falls along the trail.

We took the Bemis Brook Trail to the Arethusa Falls. This trail had great views, a good mix of climb and flat areas. The climb connecting the Bemis trail back to the main Arethusa is challenging so for those who are not experienced hikers could have a harder time. If you have any kind of hiking poles I would recommend taking them. The Arethusa Falls are amazing and in my opinion on the level of some I've seen in Hawaii. Bring a lunch or a snack and enjoy a moment at the falls.

We took the South trail going up and then did a slightly longer loop taking Clark Trail, then back west on the Hurricane Trail (uphill again) before heading down on the West Trail. Best part aside from the amazing views, was the mossy forest along Hurricane Trail. If you have the opportunity, take the extra .5 miles to head Southeast on Clark Trail, then West on Hurricane before heading down on West. Or, take the South trail going up and down.

Very easy and quick hike. Definitely beautiful and worth the trip. It only took about 3 hours round trip

Waterfalls were awesome welcome to the trail! Views at the top were great. It was pretty steep. Took our time going up and took about 2 hours... coming down was a quick 45 minutes! Great having the dog run around off leash... only saw 3 Groups of people while we were there too!

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1 month ago

So the map for this one is no longer accurate, or is soon to change. While we were there the other day we noticed a posting from the state saying that parts of the trail were going to be closed due to trails being damaged by hikers and getting washed out. It was the part from the last parking lot that headed around the lake. We were very disappointed when we got there to find that the little bridge over the water had been removed. I guess we could have hopped over to the other side since the concrete foundations were still there and close together. The other trails here were really nice but a bit long.

easy hike walking along the river. nice waterfall at the end.

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1 month ago

Took my kids (almost 5 and almost 3) on the full loop. Trail clockwise from the parking area right near the pond is very muddy in places, narrow, and highly unmarked. Hillside was a difficult climb with small kids, but we made it. SELT loop back down the other side is much wider and more maintained with trail markers and bridges over streams. Continued the loop out to the road instead of trying to climb back down right near the pond; adds a little to the overall distance but is much safer.

Beautiful scenery, great mix of inclines flat trails and plenty of other hikers along the trail to say hi to or show a quick smile. Took my two teenagers with me, and even after a few huffs and puffs, they were eager to keep going and very proud to get to the top.
Even though they said they wouldn’t do it again(big surprise), I will gladly do this again and be as happy doing it like the first time.
Definitely worth the trip and exercise!

Absolutely awesome trail! We took Bemis Trail and rejoined the Arethusa Falls trail, but came back down Arethusa and I highly recommend this route. After seeing the two smaller waterfalls on Bemis and heading up, it is a very steep climb, but we successfully completed it with a 4, 8, and 9 year old. It was challenging for someone a tad out of shape, but well worth it. As others have stated, I think coming down Bemis would need to be slow going.

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2 months ago

Maybe I didn’t walk far enough but I walked till the trail ended. This is a Walk not a hike up a mountain. It is virtually 0 grade uphill. I would plan to come and sit on the huge rocks in the creek and enjoy the day, not do this as a hike for fitness etc.

Did this with my 10 and 1 year old in a backpack and it was pretty easy. A little long for the 1 year old, 90 mins up and 60 down. Beautiful view of the brook most of the way up and nice cool breeze. Will definitely be doing it again!

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