Ripley Falls Trail

MODERATE 104 reviews
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Ripley Falls Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bartlett, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
308 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

4 days ago

Nice, quick hike with tons of roots and mud along the way. The waterfall was beautiful! This trail is between easy/moderate, mostly for the quick elevation gain and small parts with climbing. Not bad, but watch your kids on the narrow parts.

30 days ago

Great family trail with an amazing water feature at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy .5mile hike to the falls. A quick pitstop of an hour tops.

hiking
2 months ago

A beginner’s perspective:
This is a 5.2 mile, rocky hike. There are all sorts of rocks on this route - big rocks, medium rocks, ankle-twisting rocks, even a steep-ish rock face. So be prepared for that. And roots too.

The “moderate” rating may be true for the Presidentials, but is NOT comparable to, say Mount Monadnock’s “hard” rating. For a somewhat in-shape guy, this was doable, but a test — and I needed to watch literally every step.

The payoff is a beautiful summit, gorgeous views, and Gray Jays that will eat from your hand. Overall, a real test for flatlanders like me, but nice views and a great summit made it worth the considerable effort! (For what it’s worth, our 13 and 15 year olds had no major issues other than a lot of sweat and a few sore muscles)

hiking
2 months ago

Def not easy. Moderate would be more fitting. The view is so worth it!! Trail has muddy spots so gotta be careful.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike. I’m a beginning hiker in moderate shape and it took about 20-25 minutes. Drive up the driveway and park, there is no need to park at the end. Also, if you can do I highly recommend you hike up to the top of the falls, it’s very steep but the view is the best.

2 months ago

Very easy hike and quick. Such a beautiful waterfall at the end

2 months ago

Fairly steep and rocky, but short and enjoyable. Falls are worth it.

2 months ago

It may be short but it is NOT easy! Well worth it but I’m glad I didn’t try this one with my daughter or mother based on the “easy” rating lol

The falls are much bigger than I expected for the short hike. I’m glad I didn’t take the trail from the Frankenstein cliff trail side, it looks treacherous!

2 months ago

Nice trail with a little climbing that was well worth it. Falls were beautiful and nice spot to have lunch

hiking
2 months ago

Rocky uphill start. But well worth the uphill hike with the ending falls view

3 months ago

Nice hike, falls we're beautiful, full of water.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing! Falls were full with spring run-off. First 2-300 yards is moderate then trail levels off until the falls.
We were unable to cross at the splash basin because of current and wet rocks.
Takes about an hour or so in and about 40 mins out. (Sign at road says 20 mins.)
Beautiful falls, my second time. Will go again!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice easy trail for beginners.

10 months ago

Somewhat steep at parts, but levels out quickly. Can get narrow, but still, very doable footing. Made it with no problems with my dog. Falls are gorgeous with plenty of opportunity for photo-ops. Trail head is a little hard to see when you cross the train tracks (we weren't sure which way to go initially) but clearly marked once you find it. Park at the top of the road near the trailhead, or else the walk from your car is worse than the hike itself!

10 months ago

Good, short hike but NOT easy. Beautiful falls at the end. Def not for kids and only for those sure footed. Several near-scramble sections, lots of rocks.

Tip- drive UP the driveway to park at the trailhead. You don’t have to park at the road. :)

10 months ago

Nice easy walk.

hiking
10 months ago

A nice and short trail. Very easy to reach the falls. If possible, extend the hike to the top of the falls by crossing the stream and taking the trail on the left of the falls.

hiking
11 months ago

It was a nice day for a hike and the falls were beautiful. The trail is a bit slippery and the roots like to grab at you but all in all a beautiful hike. It has some steep grades and while it is classified as easy it was a good challenge.

hiking
11 months ago

i wouldn't call this an "easy" hike as it was very steep. more of an intermediate trail. still suitable for any skill level if you take your time and take breaks. rewarding view at the end!

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Great falls
Short easy hike

Monday, August 07, 2017

Although not a long distance, trail is more moderate and would not recommend for young kids, or adults that are not sure footed.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Short hike and fair mostly up hill. Beautiful waterfall.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Very easy walk to the waterfall. Stopped here on my way to a more difficult hike and enjoyed my lunch at the bottom of the waterfall. (No picnic tables just a nice spot to relax and sit on a blanket)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Great hike with kids. The view at the top is spectacular.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Awesome. Great hike with the little ones.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Easy hike with beautiful views

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Awesome!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fun little trail w lots of snow still. We did it without microspikes but I'd recommend them.

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Nice hike to a magnificent waterfall!

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