Explore the most popular waterfall trails in White Mountain National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hands down my favorite hike in the Whites. Beautiful views from above the clouds on the ridge.

Hiked this in the first week of May. Definitely the prettiest hike I’ve done in the northeast. Highly recommend. Spikes were helpful on the ascent and descent.

Great hike. Just hiked the loop. There's still snow on the trail up to Little Haystack. Spikes would have been helpful. Some snow also on the way down the mountain after the Greenleaf Hut. Great day for a hike and will definitely do it again!

9 days ago

Had a ton of fun with my 7 year old son today! The trail is very flat and easy to hike. Beautiful falls once you accomplish a somewhat boring 2.8 miles. Family friendly!

9 days ago

Middle half of the trail is a mess. Desperately needs maintenance. Not enjoyable. Coming down I realized there is a trail next to the trail for most of the middle section with makes it a bit easier, but I couldn’t find it on the way up. Lost the trail several times due to fallen trees etc. even though there are plenty of blazes. View is wonderful. Haven’t done the blue trail that approaches further north. Maybe that trail is better.

I skied this on May 9th and I’ll never forget it. Definitely one of the coolest things you can do in the east. I hiked most of the way with my boots on my back until I reached the snow. The trail itself is fairly easy with a few rocks here and there. After The Hojo Hut, the section of trail called “Little Headwall” didn’t have any snow so it was very tricky in ski boots. In the winter and spring, generally you climb what you ski. I was able to climb Chute and ski Center Headwall. I also did Left Gully. If you are climbing Chute or The Lip, you’ll definitely want an ice axe. Left Gully can easily be done without one. In early spring, you can ski the Little Headwall, after mid April you have to hike down. I was able to ski the first half of The Sherburne Trail, then I reached a closure rope and had to cut over to the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. The Sherburne Trail might only be partially open or completely closed since it is a “ski only” trail and hiking will damage it. Bring plenty of water and some snacks. It is a long day. Don’t put on your coat until it’s time to start skiing, you will get very sweaty if you wear it on the hike.

Ran into a lot of snow and ice, despite 50+ degree temps., so it ended up being a long day. My lack of training over the winter didn’t help the cause either, but well worth the effort. Great views up top.

Hard trail for a first hike so this really feels good and challenging! Our only mistake I guess is we hiked up the falling water trail and hiked down the old bridle path which is very steep and slippery going down. That caused some hematoma on my big toenail but hey, it was worth it!

There is a great parking area with a large map showing all of the surrounding trails. The trail was very well marked. Almost the entire trail is alongside the water with several beautiful waterfalls to admire. I would highly recommend hiking this trail if you’re also a waterfall lover but not so much if you are looking for mountaintop views. Heads up... there were a lot of ticks.
We found 5-6 ticks on our yorkie by the time we made it back to the car and he was wearing tick medicine. Even still I would definitely revisit this trail again.

15 days ago

Between the waterfalls and the ridge it was an easy to rate this 5 star...awesome. Be prepared for winter conditions during the spring months. Check out my write up along with some other things to look out for.

Half of this route is on a paved road - I would avoid this unless you love pavement.

Visitor Center staff told me this site is under construction as they repair/replace some railings. The projected opening is June 8.

17 days ago

This is a great trail. It has it all, great waterfalls, scrambles ad 360 degree views at the top of Middle Sister.

Did this favorite hike today. Typical spring mud areas here and there. After the bridge crossing the river at about 2 it’s snow and ice all the way to the falls. We didn’t have micro spikes or crampons, so not really prepared, Some postholing where snow was soft. River crossing just after shelter and before falls was difficult at this time. River was very high and moving fast.. We did see one person (of the 2 others we saw also doing the trail on this day) look ahead at the shelter and turn back . We made it across. Falls were spectacular with spring melting. Just beautiful.

17 days ago

Still closed. Was hoping it would be open because of last review but it was not! Nice ride though!

Semi hard hike but absolutely worth the effort! The hike offers many diverse experiences as you climb, both regular hiking and a bit of rock climbing. The weather at the top is extremely erratic so go well prepared to deal with it. If you have not been hiking regularly, highly recommend easier hikes in the White Mountains first to get prepared for this one. Our group encountered heavy fog and a bit of mist at the top on a clear summer day, with close to zero visibility for the last mile of the hike.

very difficult but so worth it

We were 16 people. 8 kids 11 to 15. 8 adults ranging from out of shape to top shape. We did our hike on a sunny 20 degrees April 28 day. The path was still filled with snow which was a bit of a challenge going up but fun sliding down on our buts on the way back. We made it to the bowl and back in about 5 hours.

The part after the refuge was more difficult, narrow and steep. Slowly but surely we made it.

Hiking boot, multiple layers of clothing and plenty of water was a must. Cleats and hiking sticks were also a good thing to bring.

Pick your day good weather will make all the difference in the world especially if you are not an expert.

on April 28 2018 My daughter 22, her husband 27, and myself 52 left the trail head parking lot at 11:15 in a light rain We hiked up the old bridle path to the Greenleaf hut. hut . We had snacks and continued on to the summit . The Sun came out of the clouds right as we summitted . We had the right gear in case the weather changed, so we decided to go for the traverse. It was truly spectacular. We went down the falling waters trail which was steep and a mixture of packed snow and Ice. We got back to our car at 7:30 . So it took us about 8 hrs round trip. I would definitely recommend you pack the right gear. we saw many people in jeans and sneakers with no extra gear.
It is still winter on those mountains . I would strongly recommend crampons or shoe spikes like yaktrax, the snow is so packed and slick in areas that falls are likely. Also if you are sliding down the trail on your butt. be careful. i lost control and hit a tree I was lucky that all I received was a bruised rib. There is probably 5 feet of snow base at the hut . About 1/2 hour before we got to the car it started to pour rain. I would strongly suggest hiking up the old bridle path and down the falling waters. Be aware that you do 5 water crossings when you hike the Falling waters trail. these are becoming more dangerous right now because the melting snow is making the streams rage.

22 days ago

First time on a trail and it was great!! There was still snow on the trail that we weren’t totally prepared for but it was manageable. Took the dog with me and my wife. We couldn’t of asked for a better time. The falls were beautiful and was totally worth it.

I can never get enough of this loop - it's fantastic from the middle of winter to the middle of summer!

scenic driving
27 days ago

Fall is always the best time to visit. Hoping to someday travel on the motorcycle. Lots and Lots of views and scenic lookouts. Pack a lunch and pick a nice quiet spot to enjoy the views and mountain air.

Hiked this last fall with a friend - a little bit icy towards the top, but overall a fantastic experience and great views! Miss New England

Took Tuckermans via lions head up and down. Awesome hike, more like a climb- especially the last mile.

29 days ago

We hiked the ridge loop yesterday, starting up little haystack and ending with Lafayette. The weather was great! The whole trail had a layer of snow, nothing too deep but spikes were a huge help. We did the loop in about 5 hours with a few breaks.

Hiked the Tuckerman Ravine Trail on Apr 23rd. Trail was snow covered from the Pinkham Notch VC parking lot all the way up. Spikes helped tremendously. From the base of the bowl, we climbed the Left Gully up and snowboarded/telemark skied Left Gully back down. Extremely steep but 'oh the Corn! Additionally, we were able to ride the Sherburne Trail all the way back to the car. Bucket list item complete, however it's so rewarding it will turn into an annual spring trip. A truly unforgettable day under a cloudless blue sky.

Nice quick hike. While it is a series of three waterfalls, the first is the tallest. Don’t stop there though. Cross the stream and continue up a slight grade until you see the sign that says “end of trail”. Not easy to find trailhead. Enter parking lot “C” of Wildcat ski area and proceed until you cross a small cement bridge. The trailhead will be on your left. If you get to the parking lot, you passed it.

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