Explore the most popular trail running trails in Crawford Notch State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice hike. Get more view for the “work” you have to do.

hiking
9 days ago

One of the best short hikes in the Whites. The view at the end is unreal and almost looks like you're in a different part of the world. Poles would have helped coming down.

Hiked on 10/26/18–small amounts of snow and places of ice on higher elevations. Excellent hike—more moderate than hard for elevation gain. Many roots and some rocks. Take the Bemis trail to see two additional falls and walk the Falcon ridge cut off for an additional scenic view. Arethusa falls great to see amongst the ice. Part way along the Frankenstein cliff trail before the falcon ridge cut off you’ll be able to get an excellent view of Mt. Washington.

It is pleasant hike with no surprises. Rocky path most of the way which I don’t like too much. The view is good but not great. But the trail head is at the beautiful train station, and 5 miles away from the Great Mt Washington Hotel , or other name now: so worth the trip.

Beautiful scenic hike offering steep terrain in areas and views that make it worth it.

The trail is a challenging enough workout, steep midway. I was fortunate enough for a friend to tell me to “keep to the right “. The slabs in the upper area can be confusing and easy to get lost. It lacks big enough cairns. They were ‘baby cairns’, a couple of stones here and there. There were very few and faded blazers also. It’s easy to miss the trail markers for the turn to Stairs Col trail as well, if you’re heading that way. Once at the top, the views are worthy. Starting the descent is also confusing without cairns to guide you. Otherwise it’s a pretty good trail for a moderate hike. Keep to the right!

Awesome hike! Did this today with a family of 4 and my
6 month old golden retriever. Definitely a moderate trail for beginners, easy for more experienced hikers. Great views at the top. Dog friendly for sure.

hiking
28 days ago

Climbed this trail this morning, great views over Crawford Notch. Met a lot of nice people of all ages and several well behaved dogs. Afterwards we drove down to Willey House and walked the Saco River Trail (3.2 miles each way - unfortunately not yet on Alltrails database). Great day out in the Notch.

hiking
28 days ago

One of the easiest hikes I have ever done. Not much to see during the hike in terms of views, but amazing view at the top. Requires around an hour each way, so can get really crowded.

hiking
28 days ago

Well marked, easy hike with amazing views.

This is a great trail with breathtaking views at the top! It had rained the day before so the trail was covered with a little creek at the start but it was easy to cross and lots of fun. We took our little dog too and he had a great time, was more challenging for us than him!

hiking
1 month ago

We arrived to the head trail at 4pm, Oct 14, 2018 with 2 kids of 6 and 9 y.o and were determined to "race" with the Sun. It took us around 45mn to go up and 30mn to go down, the trail was rocky but not too hard. The view on top was beautiful in the Fall and we still had some sunlight which was great! The temperature dropped so fast so be sure to bring warm clothes. We were back to visit center around 6pm but please note that the restroom was closed by that time.

Loved the views and easiest enough for my almost four year old was able to climb! Valley more shaded in afternoon so I would hike it in morning to see it better.

The approach sets the stage for the end result....strenuous approach that invites a period of quiet reflection while you rest your legs.

Steady climb. Not difficult. Beautiful view

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails so far! The view is truly beyond expectations, it’s just gorgeous! It is perceived to be one of the best hikes in White Mountains region, steady incline but not challenging, we did round trip in 1.5 hours. You will absolutely love it!!!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was harder than I anticipated. I am in my late 50s getting back into hiking after 30+ years. These were my 5th and 6th 4k's. We took the Webster Jackson trail. Jackson was a steep, wet trail, but we saw grey Jays on the way up. The trail seems to suddenly come to an end at a huge boulder then you realize you have to scale the boulder and 3 more above it to get to the summit, Did not enjoy that at all but the summit had great views and the steep climb down on the other side wasn't quite as bad but still bare rock. The path across to the Mizpah hut was delightful but then there was a very steep horrible climb up to the next part of the trail. If it had been any longer, might not have made it but it was only about .2 of a mile . The trail from there to Pierce not bad at all and the summit of Pierce was amazing! Made it all worthwhile, Took the Crawford path down, long and wet but Gibbs falls very nice near the end. Probably would not do this loop again but would do Pierce again from the Crawford path or Edmands trail.

We started on the falls side, including Bemis which is beautiful. After the big falls we met the Frankenstein, on to Falcon Cliff and then the overlook on the way down. The colors were amazing and the trail was practically empty. Some steep parts, but also some flat sections.

hiking
1 month ago

I thought this was one of the easiest hikes I’ve ever done; I think anyone could do it. It took me 45 minutes to get to the top. The trail was easy to hike even when wet and with fallen leaves. The summit is wide enough so you can find your own space at the top. And what a summit, offering stunning views of the notch. I went on a cloudy and cold weekday and saw a lot of people so I can only imagine what it’s like on a good weekend. Parking was easy (and free) at the Crawford Station and the bathroom there was a plus.

Definitely a must if you live in NH. The waterfall is beautiful.

Went up Arethusa trailhead and took the Bemis brook route (much more scenic and recommend) The falls were great for photos and a nice snack. Then continued to Frankstein Cliff. You will reach a fork, left will lead to Ripley falls right will bring you to Frankstein Cliff. Continue .8 miles to the cliff view point. Great views of Crawford notch and Mnt Bemis! Continue down some somewhat steep terrian till the terrace crossing of the railroad (great place for photos if you venture to the railway bridge). After that point it's a short .3 miles back to the parking lot! Great waterfalls, decent views, great photos opportunities for an easy hike.

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hiking
1 month ago

Very pleasant (east to low moderate) hike, but that makes it very busy. Nice view of the notch at the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a pretty steep hike (like 900 feet of elevation in half a mile kind of steep), but otherwise I’d say it’s on the easier side. The last half mile or so offers great views, though the markers on the rocks are a little sparse at times. The summit has great views all around.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike- I thought it was moderate ( not easy). It was a steady climb almost the whole way up. I went mid week so it was a little less crowded, but it was busy. I enjoyed taking my dog, but did not enjoy people who allow their dogs off leash. ( they should be leashed!). I have a rescue Great Dane who is not predictably social, so I had to continuously pull off the trail to avoid dogs that might approach mine. I wish others would be more considerate and follow NH State Park leash laws.

This is my favorite family winter hike. I have done this trail many times with my extended family of all different levels of physical fitness. Everyone gets to the top , regardless of shape! I always bring my snowshoes but hardly ever wear as the trail is well padded down. But you will need some slip on spikes .

From the upper parking lot the Arethusa Falls Trail (blue blazes) starts to the left after the train tracks. Shortly up the trail the Bemis Brook Trail (yellow blazes) splits off and rejoins further up the hill. From the split the Bemis Brook Trail looks like the easier/flatter trail but this is misconceiving as the altitude gain at the end of the trail is very steep to regain the Arethusa Falls Trail which is more of a steady incline. Reaching the falls is one of the more spectacular waterfalls in New Hampshire and well worth the hike. It takes a little over an hour to get up and about 45 minutes to come straight back down (non-loop).

The trail itself has a bit of wash out and wear. So I would recommend a walking stick. It can also be narrow in places making two-way traffic crowded so be sure to be courteous to your fellow hikers.

Up Jackson over to mizpah hut and down Crawford path. Ledgy at the top of Jackson. And a bit unsure which trail to take off Jackson summit. Otherwise it’s a great 6-7 hour loop at a slow to moderate pace.

Crawford notch is beautiful and the views are great, like stated, but the amount of people was out of control. Felt like a tourist trap, and definitely not your typical hiking crowd. Once at the summit, walk to your right and through the woods a little and you’ll have your own rock ledge lookout away from the chaos.

Harder than I expected, but the views were worth it. I'm a little disappointed that there weren't any signs at the tops of either of the mountains. There was some kind of school trip so I passed a lot of kids coming down on my way up and mistakenly jumped onto the wrong trail in an attempt to get away from the crowd, but I made there! Steep climb up and down Jackson, no matter which way you chose, but it seems most people did Jackson then Pierce and said it was easier? Either way its a slow, wet descent. The boards along the path had frost on them, causing a few slips, and there were some locations where there was no way around huge mud puddles. It had rained the night before, so I expected some wetness, but even the ladders were slick and a bit dangerous. Prepare to get muddy! Round trip took just over 6 hours, with 15 mins on each peak.

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