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Nice loop, great views.

hiking
10 days ago

one of my new favorites! this view is probably one of the best for the shorter moderate hikes in the area. my phone clocked in 3 miles for the whole loop. we went up counter and hiked back down clockwise. it is doable for even a beginner in my opinion as it only gets steep for a short time right before you reach the summit. hiking up was a little muddy but hiking down there were lots of icy spots - was thankful I packed crampons because I needed them - very slippery. can’t wait to hike this in the warmer weather! great trail for dogs - our pup loved it. would highly recommend this trail! A+

hiking
14 days ago

FYI--Hurricane Mountain Road is closed about 1.5 before you reach the trail.

love love love. beautiful winter hike

this trail pleasantly surprised me! was much steeper and more of a workout than anticipated! we took the blue blazed trail. steep for the first half or more, then levels off a bit until you get to the falls. I wore crampons which came in handy - the snow was well packed down but was starting to melt so it was a little slippery. doable for any level hiker if you take your time. this trail was SO well marked. such a reward at the end! the falls are breathtaking. our pup loved this trail! enjoy!

There are many amazing short hikes in the Whites, but for my money, this is the best hike under 3 miles by a long shot. The views from the cliffs are incredible. Great spot for the looking at some foliage late in the season as the eastern Whites have colors later and Iron mountain is the perfect height to get just above the deciduous trees and look down at all of them.

In my opinion, this hike is overrated. The ledges are surrounded by mountains that are much higher, so the view–which is the hike’s main attraction–is not that great.

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.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Great day on the trail, all alone 34* F sunny/lite wind. Trail was well packed.

hiking
2 months ago

A bit harder than the easy rating we got from the visitor center. We had some little guys and it got steep in some areas but was smooth with some great views at the top. Do it!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this yesterday. Heavy packed snow and thick ice throughout trail. Micro spikes a must and poles recommend! Lots of fun and beautiful in the winter. Take your time and enjoy. Ascent counter clockwise, descent clock wise.

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

Great day! Snow shoed in and watched ice climbers. Everyone there had a great day. Jan. 28th felt like a spring day!

2 months ago

A gorgeous hike to a magnificent waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

great winter hike. plowed parking lot. packed trail so micro spikes were fine. nice gradual climb. this time of year I would suggest taking the spur to the falls on the way up. the steps near the falls are really icy. much easier climbing up than down. great day about 90 minutes round trip

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, the snow had been packed down by the recent rain and freeze, and we were able to hike it without any trouble. The falls are stunning this time of year! I’ll be returning the next time we have some snowfall to experience the snow covered trees. I’d highly recommend this trail. Short but beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

We had non-hikers in our party, so we did this as a one-way trail from the parking lot at Echo Lake to the parking lot at Cathedral Ledge. I did not like this trail because the views from the path were never any better (and usually much worse) than the views one could reach via a short walk from the parking lot at either end.

I did this trail in early November and I wasn't expecting much in terms of scenery but BOY was I wrong. The waterfall is beautiful and seems to just keep going and going as you climb from its base to the top. Highly recommend this hike. Note: It was muddy in places at that time of year and the blazes are a little more spread apart than usual. Almost got lost but remembering what you saw on the way to the falls helps a lot on the way back.

Great entry level Winter hike. Took this hike for the first time ever. (Good any season but busy I bet in the summer). Not sure why I have never done it before it’s great. This is our first year winter hiking so after our first real snow of the season we wanted to kick off the winter hiking. This one seemed like a safe place to start winter hiking- and it is. It would be a Great spot to snowshoe for the first time even if you just go around Echo Lake (about a mile- flat and pretty)
Didn’t need our snowshoes this time (not enough snow) just our regular crampons and hiking poles.
Added the hike Bryce Path to make it to the top of Cathedral Ledge. This is a must to get the view!
Pretty easy hike even with the snow and slippery leave areas. Needed the crampons in the few steeper areas. These would not be considered steep in the summer but the snow added to our need for careful steps in those areas. Very doable though. Trail is well marked.
Amazing to get to the top of Cathedral Ledge and not find any people. Road Up is closed in the winter)
Great views from the Ledge of North Conway area and Cranmore Ski Mountain....and even the mile around Echo Lake at the beginning is pretty.

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.

Did this twice with a mixed group of skill levels. Challenging enough to get the heart pumping, but easier enough for all to complete. The views at the top are beautiful!! Bring a snack or lunch and relax for awhile on the flat rocks at the top.

Nice short moderate round trip hike. Regulars debated whether clockwise or counterclockwise is easier on the knees. I went counter and found walking up the rock steps possibly easier on my knees than walking the other direction. The 14 or so numbered nature posts might be easier to spot going clockwise, however. At about the halfway point is a short trail to an amazing west and south facing lookout. For more solitude go to the end of the lookout. Great lunch stop. At the end of the hike, next to the covered bridge you can dip into the shallow river to cool off on hot days.

hiking
4 months ago

Lovely for an early winter hike. Not too steep so the iciness was manageable although crampons probably would have been safer

hiking
5 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.

Easy hike. Fun drive to the trail head. Pretty good views from the top.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views at the end. Short hike but really worthy !!

A bit of a slog on a rainy day, but worth it for the view from the top.

hiking
5 months ago

lovely easy trail to do with your best dog!

hiking
5 months ago

I'm a fairly inexperienced hiker so if you don't have a lot of experience I would consider some parts of this trail moderate, trying g to navigate over rocks/streams but overall it's a nice hike with very little elevation gain. lots of tree roots and rocks on the trail so make sure you have a decent pair of hiking shoes or boots.

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