Nice short hike with an amazing view!

hiking
3 days ago

Short easy hike with breathtaking views. Highly recommended

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

Hiked 5-30-21. Trail was a bit muddy but nothing crazy. Water crossings were very easy as the water level was low. Took around 30 minutes to hike up and about an hour total of hiking. Great views. We beat the clouds. Highly recommend. I believe this is one of the best hikes on the shorter side in the White Mountains.

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

Really nice trail, with gorgeous views at the top. Took us about 45 minutes up and 40 minutes down with a few short stops. Some nice water views along the way. There were some wet portions of the trail, so waterproof shoes are recommended. Easy quick hike that kids could definitely conquer. We went on a gorgeous Sunday, so it was very busy. We parked at the AMC next to the train station so there was plenty of parking there, but the train station itself was full.

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muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

3/10 safety (Frankenstein cliff trail) 6/10 safety (Arethusa trail) 10/10 no bugs 10/10 respectful of social distancing Overall worth the hike! 55 and sunny today, rained yesterday though. Arethusa trail has rebar and nails sticking out of the wooden steps on the last 1/4 mile of the trail to the falls. I smashed my knee into rebar today and it swelled, bruised and bled. Muddy only towards the last 1/2 mile and there’s ways around it and rocks through it. Falls are worth it We did this same trail last week and it was fine in 65 degree weather. F. Cliff trail was overgrown, not maintained, quite muddy, trees fallen over the path everywhere. It was unsafe in many spots where the water was running down the rocks, leaves are covering the rocks so you have to be VERY careful where you step and the ground will slide out from under you often. I’d rather go up the cliff trail than down!!! Only reason we went down it today was because there was a bear cub 30 mins into the trail when we got to the trailhead. Definitely a warm weather hike so there’s hopefully less water (it rained yesterday) We stopped 2x for 30 mins each and the entire loop took us 5 hours (12pm to 5pm on the dot)

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bugs
4 days ago

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muddy
rocky
4 days ago

Great trail. It was rocky and very muddy but short enough. Lots of people on the trail but plenty of room at the top to social distance.

on Mount Willard Trail

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Gorgeous view at the end, makes the whole hike worth it! It’s a bit muddy going up. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow.

The falls were AMAZING and the hike to the lookout is something I would love to come back and see in the fall!

hiking
over grown
scramble
5 days ago

Went counterclockwise despite recommendations so I would finish with the falls. The first leg up the cliffs was TOUGH after a day of long hiking prior. The combo of leaves on gravel made it challenging and a guarantee to be slippery if wet on the way up. Arethusa Falls trail is so much better marked. Cliffs trail has many fallen trees and you are likely to get turned around a few times. No micro spikes. Minimal mosquitos. I wore a mask and practiced social distancing, all were respectful to it.

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muddy
5 days ago

Stunning. The trail was a bit muddy but worth every step for the views at the top.

hiking
blowdown
scramble
6 days ago

we took the Bemis brook trail up and we were so happy we did. the series of falls and pools were beautiful. steep climb up for some if you do not like steep just go back to where it splits from the main trail it is not far but so worth it. Arethusa Falls were spectacular. we managed to ford across and went up the opposite side. we crossed over at the top, barely got wet, and came back down on the trail side. very steep not recommended for everyone. back to the Frankenstein Cliff trail there is a tall cascade that should be a destination though it is unmarked and maybe unnamed the cliffs were thrilling. the decent was steep and tricky at a few points. easy pace 5 hours with lots of stopping for views and pictures

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icy
rocky
snow
8 days ago

hiking
muddy
9 days ago

The view was beautiful today. I bit muddy but you can get around most of it. Well maintained trail and clearly marked. There were only a few hikers on the summit today.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
9 days ago

Hiked on may 21st, monorail for the majority of the trail. Worth the mud though, view was phenomenal.

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing trail! Has the best view for a short hike. The beginning is gradual elevation and right now the trail is very wet. It’s muddy and there are still some chunks of ice. Definitely need hiking boots or waterproof shoes. The view is incredible.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
10 days ago

Hiked on Sunday 5/24/20 later in the day to try and avoid crowds. The top half of the trail was muddy and then towards the summit was mud covered packed snow. One hiker said as soon as you reach the mud and the water it doesn’t let up until the top. they were right, but I guess that is what you get at this point in the season. I would recommend bringing poles if you have them as it will help navigate and balance you over some of the rocks. All in all the views are unbeatable and make for a rewarding hike. We had two little ones under 10. It took us an 1.45 minutes to the top and about an hour or so down. Plan on spending a bit of time at the top taking in the view!

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