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Great little hike. A bit confusing because of Mt. Bald, I thought the trail would continue but u have to return back to the turn off and continue on the Artists bluff trail. Very steep up to Mt. Bald and not very dog friendly. I had to lift my little guy down a couple of times. Amazing views though, for a short distance.

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

Beautiful! Steep, but so much fun. went with our 6 year old.

Excellent trail if you are in a time crunch or just want a short hike that ends with great views.

short and sweet. steep in areas but its a short hike so its not bad and view of echo lake is nice. for those who like hiking sticks this is a good trail for one. my son was only 4 and daughter 8. They did it and loved it.

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6 days 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.

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year olds.

I did not consider this a moderate hike and found it quite easy. Neither of my kids found it difficult either. The only "steep" sections are found in the staircase around the falls and these are short.

The trail is about a mile to the falls and is fairly flat with a gradual incline. There is a stream crossing immediately after the trailhead we managed in the rain to avoid getting wet.

You've reached the falls when you hit a fork in the trail with a sign. The right continues on to Mt. Chocurua and the left heads towards the falls. They meet again after the falls to create a loop. I would avoid the loop by going up and down the staircase. If you head up the left the first or second side trail leads to a wide waterfall with a huge squarish bolder in the middle of the stream. Keep heading down the gorge another 200' to see a tall 50' waterfall. There is also a cut out in the canyon with a large overhang in which you can shelter. We ate lunch here out of the drizzle and dried off our gear.

Although we come to summit Chocorua this was a nice plan B. Had conditions been better and we summited I probably would have by passed the falls and missed out completely.

Awesome hike, did it with 9 people and a dog!

Great hike, does get steep about halfway up but you’re under tree cover the entire way up to the peak so it stays pretty cool even on a hot day. Brought my dog and she had no problems navigating the trail. The first half of the trail follows along the Pemigewasset River and the gentle sound of rushing water is always nearby. Wide cliff at the summit provides fantastic views of the town of Lincoln and the White Mountains.

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!

nice easy hike. great view. too bad some dipshit with a drone was there that day. kinda put a damper on the 'out with nature' vibe. lots of people. probably 2-3 hrs round trip at medium pace.

hiking
14 days ago

We went Bald Mountain first, then Artist's Bluff with three adults (one novice) and a 7-year-old. It was challenging enough to keep my daughter happy (she loved the scramble to Bald Mountain) but not too tough for my wife, who rarely hikes. I would strongly recommend poles for this one, and it's definitely a fair weather hike. Varied topography throughout, some excellent views, and interesting scenery, including a lot of relics from long-gone loggers.

A Favor if you go: My 7-year-old lost a classmate and friend recently, and she built a little memorial to him at the top of Bald Mountain. If you pass that way, please add a stone and send a picture to swordsmith at gmail so she can pass it on to his twin sister.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail. We walked with our 7 and 5 year olds and a toddler in a carrier. It took us almost 5.5 hours as we walked super slow and made a lot of stops along the way. We lost the trail twice - near the same location on the way there and back but found the trail again quite easily. I highly recommend.

Great hike! The section between the two falls is steep, but very manageable with good hiking shoes and poles. The view from the top is worth the effort. It opens up to see the highway far below. The red blazes are visible on the trees and rocks, just keep looking ahead for the next blaze.

We enjoyed our outing - however the second part of the trail to Harvard falls was very challenging with children- it was practically vertical. Trail is extremely poorly maintained- lots of downed trees on the path and hard to find the red blazes. The Georgiana Falls hike was much easier and there was a nice swimming hole we really enjoyed. If coming w young kids, i would say skip the second part of the trail.

The first section of this trail is wide, clearly marked, and gently slopes upwards, but after about 20 minutes of hiking the blaze marks become harder and harder to find so it’s easy to wonder off-Trail. The upper section between Georgiana Falls and Harvard Falls is nearly vertical
so you’re constantly looking for roots to use for toe-holds. The view of the Falls aren’t worth the hassle of hiking this poorly maintained trail.

Fun trail that doesn’t take too long. Gets steep on the way up and takes about an hour. Getting down takes about 35-45 mins. Great views on top of the Whites. Awesome hike overall.

Beautiful waterfall with a lean-too at the base of it. Definitely worth the walk.My wife and I went in February and the water fall was frozen over.

on Artist Bluff Trail

hiking
22 days ago

Went clockwise. Took the spur out to bald mountain which had a scramble that was challenging for the little ones but worth the view at the top. Fairly steep at points. Could be marked a little better at spots and path from bottom (across from echo lake parking lot) to the trailhead parking lot was through a field (next time will probably walk along the road instead). View from artists bluff was also very nice. Took about 2 hours

Great hike. All woods and no views with lots of stepping stones to the summit. Fabulous views at the top so certainly worth the trip. Took me an hour up and 50 mins down. Will return in the Fall.

Nice, quick hike with lots of views. The only drawback is that it's super popular, so I recommend going early (or on a weekday) to beat the crowds.

hiking
27 days ago

Fun trail, definitely some moderate spots. Be careful as the blazes are not always evident.

This hike was short but steep. Took me and my son almost 2 hours. Well worth the view. The wind on top was crazy and hysterical!

Easy with quick beautiful views. Cool water to enjoy. Kid friendly.

This was a pleasant surprise as we were looking to pass some time while we waited to go zip lining. Steady incline to Georgiana Falls, which were nice. The better views are about .5 mile further up, but the climb gets a little trickier and more strenuous. I'd still rate it as moderate. Total trip took us about 1 1/2 hours with very few breaks and a short stay at each of the falls. Definitely worth the trip.

Trail is not marked well and pretty steep towards the end. Beautiful though.

hiking
1 month ago

Very quick and easy hike, busy route, with a beautiful view of Echo Lake at the bluff lookout.

Awesome hike highly recommend

a good workout, was very busy but the view was beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

great hike to do in an hour

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