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    hiking
    Sunday, July 05, 2015

    A little let down. Thought I would be able to park on the Nahant side and not the Lynn side. Only parking available on Nahant is for residents only. The parking along the the beach is $5, which I think is steep for locals who may want to visit often. Drove down toward Lynn, found free parking past the rotary, but today is the Fourth of July and the time was later in the afternoon... So someone else may not be as lucky on a nice sunny summer day. The tide was in and still a super strong sulfur smell. I'd prefer Revere Beach to Nahant, in a perfect world, neither.

    hiking
    Saturday, July 04, 2015

    Most beautiful place I've been in Massachusetts. Closest place I've been to Otter Point, Acadia. Hidden treasure for sure!!!

    hiking
    Monday, June 08, 2015

    Beautiful, sunny, breezy, 70 degree day! Mosquitoes in the beginning at the parking on Tripoli Rd., none for the climb up. Moderate to heavy mosquitos on the boggier end of the trail by Greenley Pond Trail Head (for the first time we had two cars and were able to traverse as opposed to looping back and did both peaks). Very glad we started on Tripoli Rd as it was our first hike this season. Starting at Greenley Pond would have been a MUCH more strenuous climb. View at the top of Osceola was stunning and cairn at the summit of East Osceola was a great break. I'm a 230 pound woman who hasn't exercised all winter... Please be advised that the chimney is not as "scary" or "technical" as many websites suggest. Pay attention and you'll have no trouble. Happy trails!

    Saturday, June 07, 2014

    Not sure how it's 6 miles.... I just finished using Map My Hike and it is a 2.2 mile loop.

    hiking
    Sunday, September 02, 2012

    Hiked this the last weekend of Aug. 2012. The last two years, the "shorter" 1.5ish mile trail has had limited use as the Sawyer River Rd.'s bridge was washed out by Hurricane Irene. The shorter 1.5 mi trail is still accessible, but one must walk up the road to get to the trailhead. Or use this trail, parking on the Kangamangus Highway.
    There are 5/6 tent platforms and one large lean to that comfortably slept 7 during our stay. No camping is allowed if platforms/lean to are full. Knowing that the other trail was closed and we were only the second car in the parking lot on a Friday morning, we chose to leave the tents behind in hopes of getting the lean to.
    Fires are allowed in pits, but good luck finding dry firewood. The whole area has been picked CLEAN!
    There are two privies. One up a steep hill behind the lean to and one toward the tent platforms that is new and huge!
    From the lean to, we had a DIRECT VIEW of Owl's Cliff (Owl something! I just can't remember right now!) we fell asleep to loons calling at night and watched the loons and cormorants fish by day. There was a bard owl not too far away. Plenty of chipmunks and squirrels, anxious to retrieve a snack from hikers. One chipmunk in particular was so bold/tame that he literally ate out of our hands. The downside, keep your food up in a tree at night (not where the squirrels can get into it) or they will make Swiss cheese of your gear!!!
    As stated before, the shorter 1.5 mile trail is much harder to access, which made our trip much more enjoyable as only actual hiker types were willing to hike the 4.5 miles in. I saw many reviews before the hurricane washed the bridge out and lots of people drank and acted like drunk people do. This was not the case the weekend I was there.
    Maps of the area show that there is a trail around the pond. My husband and I tried and got 30% around the pond (near the island) before we grew tired of bush wacking through the overgrown/nonexistent trail. There is what appears to be a beautiful sandy beach directly across from the lean to on the other side of the pond, however we could not get to it.
    Lots of moose scat, did not see moose!

    hiking
    Sunday, September 02, 2012

    Please be advised many sites say six or so miles. This is correct, however one must hike 1.5 miles on the AT to get to the 6 mile loop and then pick up the AT once more on the way out.
    One of the viewpoints wasn't signed well and we missed it. Screw Auger, Buttermilk and the Stair Falls were the best in my opinion. Of youre going to skip anything, make it the lower jaw. It's the steepest viewpoint and the farthest away from the main trail with the smallest waterfall. The lower jaw is more just water passing through rocks, no waterfall.
    There are three "crossings" where you can take a side trail to other side of the loop to head out if you're tired or sore.
    You will need to ford the river soon after leaving the parking lot. Highly recommend water shoes/flip flops/trekking poles for this as the rocks are VERY slippery! There is a way to get in on the other end of the trail. Stay on the dirt road for an additional 6 miles and go to the head of the falls. You can hike in at the opposite end. The water today (not much rain recently and Sept. 1) was a little over our hiking boots, not quite mid calf.
    There is a privy in the parking lot nearest the Iron Works. We did not use, so cannot tell you condition.
    Lastly, can enter area either from Greenville or Brownville. Regardless of entry, there are little ranger stations where use fees are collected. As of Sept. 2012, it's $6 each Maine residents and $10 each out of state. Maps are $2.
    All in all a GREAT HIKE! In comparison to Moxie Falls, Moxie's are far higher and dramatic. However, this area isn't as heavily used and is less disturbed. In comparison to Smalls Falls, these falls are similar to the smaller Smalls Falls. However, Gulf of Hagas has a beautiful slate filled gorge with marble/quartz ribbons throughout. A must see, if only once.