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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!

visited Ethan pond on the weekend of 10/13/18 along the edge of the pond where you enter toward the Survival hut I found a ZTE cellphone anyone who lost a phone in this area feel free to message my cellphone at 5088406270 I do have your phone and would like to return it to its rightful owner .

hiking
6 days ago

It was a nice hike today.

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

trail running
7 days ago

Short 1 mile loop, great for family's and kids. Trail breaks off halfway through and leads to Saco river with awesome views.

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.

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
9 days ago

As noted previously, the first mile(ish) is very pleasant, following the stony brook. After crossing the brook- wow- the steepness and switchbacks just seems to go on forever. I only rated this a 3 stars because I wouldn’t plan to hike this again based on the 2nd 1.4 miles- once you get there, the summit view is awesome.

hiking
9 days 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.

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.

Very nice hike. We started by going to the waterfalls, which were great. Then headed up to the summit. Which has a very scenic lookout just before the peak. I would say it was a moderate trail which has wooden stairs/ladders over the steepest sections. Not a ton of long overly steep shoots.

Great hike! it is quite steep but the rocks are a lot easier than Amonoosuc Ravine. Not crowded and we had great time sitting near top for Good hour to take the views and eat.

Harder than I thought. Over 2 hours of rocky, followed by ledge at a 45-50 degree incline to the top.

hiking
25 days ago

Good short hike (less than an hour round trip) to Ripley Falls. You can park at the end of a recently patched asphalt road going park way up the slope.

Hiked up the Cliff Trail and returned via the Falls Trail. The Cliff Trail turns right shortly before the tracks and follows yellow blazes. It is easy to miss that turn and to keep going uphill to the railroad tracks, cross and continue up a little used, unmapped trail that continues up the hill. Hike is mostly in the forest with a few open ledges for views. I'd rate the hike moderate rather than difficult. About 4 hours for the loop including a 45 minute stop for lunch at the Falls. I recommend adding the Bemis Trail on the way back to view the Coliseum and Bemis Falls. I'd avoid the loop in wet weather, many roots and rocks to slip on.

Beautiful start to the fall with this hike. We stared on Ethan Pond Trail, and then climbed to Willey. I will say that we were disappointed of hikers comments using numerous resources that it is dog friendly. We sadly had to turn around once we hit the ladders (probably another half hour left to the top) because our 80 lb, very athletic dog just couldn't do it. I would not recommend bringing your pup unless you plan to carry them on the ladders. We will be back without him to summit this beautiful mountain!

hiking
1 month ago

This .6 mile hike into Ripley’s Fall is so worth the journey. There are a lot of rocks and roots to traverse. The path is narrow in places and it was a little wet in places (we went in Sept, probably is very wet in Spring). The granite face of the falls is amazing, creating more of a water slide then falls. The slab is wide so I would imagine in the Spring it’s even more grand.

hiking
1 month ago

It took about 2.25 hrs up with a few short water breaks and stops to admire the river views...around 1.5 hrs down. I'll echo previous posts about the steep switchbacks after you cross the river. This is a narrow trail and trekking poles help a ton. We were the only ones on the mountain! Spectacular views and a decent workout....hard to beat that!

This trail was very steep! And very difficult! Slippery on the way down! The view at the top was amazing but this is not for beginners!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was super easy to navigate and it didn’t take long at all to reach the base of the falls. A little more climbing brings you to the top where I was able to sit with my dog and enjoy the views and the sound of the rushing water. Would totally recommend for any skill level!

This trail was so much fun for our family to hike! The perfect amount of a challenge for our 5 and 7 year olds, and the waterfall is beautiful! The kids had a ball walking and splashing in the water.

I went up the cliff path first so I wouldn’t have to on the way down... those first couple miles were tough! But it was really refreshing getting to the waterfall right near the end. The rest was a breeze after that!

A great hike with a beautiful payoff at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Just a nice walk in the woods. My dog enjoyed the easy walk.

This trail has a variety of scenery and is not heavily traveled. We hopped onto this after taking the Bemis Brook and Arthusa Falls trails. The climbs are decent, if you are a newer hiker just take your time and it will be fine. The ridge top has a nice view. Be careful on the climb down (or the climb up if starting on the trail head.) This had a lot of small gravel and was a bit slick even in dry weather and with hiking boots. Would not recommend wearing sneakers on this trail if you can avoid it.

hiking
1 month ago

We really enjoyed this hike! Bring your bug spray! There was a passing rain shower on our way down so some spots got slick. But the trail is very well maintained. The grade of this hike is steep at times, but the view was worth it! We only hike a few times a year and completed this in 3.5 hours.

on Mount Crawford Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail for people who hike frequently!My boyfriend and I haven’t hiked in a long time so we struggled. The majority of the trail was a steep incline but the view at the top was worth it! It took us about 2.5 hours to get up to the top and a little over an hour to get down.

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