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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!

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful walk. Cool activities throughout the trail

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.

Went up on November 11th, full snow cover and a little muddy at the start but a great hike all in all! Fire tower was too icy to climb up though. As far as trails go, I think this one is definitely closer to a moderate hike than other hikes classified as hard on here. Definitely recommend!

hiking
16 days ago

one of my favorite hikes to do in the winter!

walking
17 days ago

A good walk made better after a downpour in the upper Mohawk Valley. The water pouring down the falls in impressive!

The falls are worth the otherwise average hike.

Lots of reviews talking about hearing large animals. those are Moose. I hiked up earlier today, there was about 8 inches of snow at the top, less at the bottom. There were moose tracks on the trail, lots of them, the last half mile to the top.

The trees at the top are probably the prettiest trees I've ever seen in the snow.

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

walking
22 days ago

Beautiful trail along the gorge. More for sightseeing then hiking

hiking
23 days ago

Snow and ice and open water, relatively easy with trax on boots

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.

Beautiful waterfalls! Do not expect to follow the trail without crossing the Platterkill River. The crossings are only passable when there is low water conditions.!!! We hiked after a rain and had to find downed trees across the River. Advanced hiking for sure. You can see a waterfall from the designated view point not far from the start of the trail. Follow blue trail.

hiking
30 days ago

11/10/18 Nice hike, easy to follow, well marked trail. We went after a couple days of rain so it was pretty wet and muddy. By the time we got back to the parking lot our hiking shoes were soaked. Waterfall was worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

PLEASE WEAR WATERPROOF BOOTS!!! Due to all the rain a good quarter to half mile of the trail is under several inches of water and there is significant mud.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was open and wide for the most part, went this past weekend (first weekend in November) and there wasn’t many people out there! Trail was easy for most of the way, got a little tougher when we turned to head up to the falls.

What a fantastic day of hiking! I've done this hike 20+ times in my life and it's easily my favorite hike in NH. It's is a long loop, and it hard on the body if you're not ready for it and even if you are.

A bit of advice, if you're planning on doing the loop in winter months, I would suggest you start up falling waters and go down Old Bridal path. Sometimes dry creek is impassible and you have to cross it multiple times on falling waters trail. If you hiked up Old Bridal Path and down Falling waters there's the potential that you would need to turn around and go all the way back over the ridge, or bushwack to the highway and follow it back to the parking lot.

The parking lot was about 30 degrees, summits in the clouds. We knew there was snow and ice so came prepared with microspikes, poles, goggles and many layers. The clouds cleared mid-day and the views to Mt. Washington were beautiful.

There were FAR too many people on this hike that really should not have been there. Many people in sneakers, no gloves, and cotton sweatshirts.

Please don't be one of those people. This is a serious hike, particularly in the winter months from October to Feb/March. With the windchill on the ridge, the temp was about 7 degrees F. People die on this hike when they underestimate the weather.

Here is an example :
http://publications.americanalpineclub.org/articles/13200507400/Failure-to-Turn-Back-Failure-to-Follow-Route-Inadequate-Clothing-and-Equipment-Weather-New-Hampshire-Mount-Lafayette

Stay safe, go prepared or don't go. Hope everyone made it down safely yesterday. There were still a lot of cars in the parking lot when we left after hiking out with headlamps for the last mile or so.

Went with a group of 11 people. It wasn't an easy hike for some of us, but we all made it to the top regardless. Very steep in the beginning, but flat at the lake. Beautiful trails, especially with the foliage. The cabin at the top really made for an awesome experience. Bring cash so you can enjoy a hot coco or tea! Not to mention the fresh baked cookies!! Using a pole or stick is highly recommended, especially on the way down. It rained, hailed, and snowed on us, but it was still a great time.

this place offers a difficult hike. the hardest part of the hike is the whooping 8.5 miles. it just takes all day. if you plan on hiking this loop, be sure to come prepared. bring lunch and something to nibble on and water is essential. Need the waterproof hiking boots. be sure to dress breathably warm. a hiking stick will be very useful. bring gloves. and last but not least, a portable charger! start hiking as early as possible because by the time you finish the loop, the sun sets and darkness invades. oh yes, darkness, bring a flashlight just to be on the safe side. you may or may not need it but you'll be grateful to have it in case you need it.

my friends and I started to hike pretty 130pm late. we ended up descending in the dark with flashlights from our phones. got lost a few times. slip and slide more often in the dark. our feet were all soaked from descending the falling water trail. altogether, a great hike. would absolutely do it again. early and more prepared next time!

please wear all wheel drives shoe haha.

hiking
1 month ago

just hiked to the falls with our dog. he did great and the falls were incredible. a little mud, running and standing water on the trail. well worth it for the view.

hiking
1 month ago

Just finished before lunch beautiful lake , trail was slippery definitely use your poles makes it easier especially on the way down

Climbed this last Fri. The climb up was moderate to hard for about a mile. I'm not in the best shape at 63, but felt o.k. at the top. Full sunshine but probably a bit below freezing when we arrived at the partially frozen lake. The views were stunning, as there was 4-5 inches of snow on the ground. Mt Lafayette covered in snow. All I could say was praise God for His creation. The hut was really nice. Coming down was tricky, some snow and ice on trail. Poles a must.

hiking
1 month ago

We had a great time hiking the .3 miles in snow to the falls. It's a beautiful place and a short walk. The stairs were closed to view from the upper area but we still got great pictures and took home some wonderful memories.

hiking
1 month ago

nice little hike. a little icy today. snow and rainy mix.

trail running
1 month ago

Trail is well maintained and the entire section is very runnable, with a few water crossings to refresh your feet (nothing better than ice cold Vermont water).
Towards the bottom there is one very cool section under a canopy of evergreen trees with an almost level dirt path which makes for a quite scenic "trail road."
Path gets a bit rockier as you ascend a few switchbacks.
I went during a cold and rainy day so once I got high enough, the rain turned to snow, which added to the ambience.
When I got to the trail junction about 1.75 miles or so in, I read the sign as "falls" straight ahead and the other insignia as towards the right (descent). This was incorrect. The falls are actually down to the right.
Anyway, I kept climbing (toward Bourn pond) and this section of trail wasn't maintained.
It was very wet, muddy, single track and with tons of down / decaying trees blocking the path. This felt like more of a Bushwhack. I kept going about another half mile or so to a large stream crossing, which I incorrectly assumed was Lye Brook falls.
In actuality, I believe this was the higher section of rocky brook that feeds the falls below.
Regardless, next time I return, I'll make sure to turn right at the junction!

hiking
1 month ago

Great day, slow hike but totally enjoyed it. Only 2nd hike in 30 years!

Went up clockwise and going down was much more difficult and if wet would have made more difficult. Regardless of how you do this, the hike up top along the ridge is awesome. Great hike. Can't imagine one better in the Whites. Came from Cleveland and can't wait to go back.

All I can, we. did blue trail and then red to 1st waterfall. Easy!!

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained and a fun moderate trail to do!

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