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

Spectacular

Fun outing with my preteen! Hike is fun, gets steep at some points as mountains do, but great easy hike with mild intensity. We wore sneakers and brought plenty of water. The view is nice, worth the 2 miles.

Great hike today! Nice views to the south on the way up of the Saco and Attitash, but as you reach the summit you also have views to the north of the ridge into the National Forest and across to the Iron Mountain ledges, Black Mountain, and Double Head. Be sure to descend at least a little ways toward Mt Pickering. Just a few steps takes you away from the sounds of Rt 302 to a beautiful blueberry meadow and more views to the north. Keep descending into a very quiet zone which you stay in until maybe half way up Pickering. The Pickering summit is not far and has a view past Iron Mountain to Mt Washington. We spent a total of 4 hours on this hike, though we were seriously delayed by blueberries. We will do this again!

Hiked up on July 12 - I am not in great cardiac shape and have some height issues - loved loved this trail. It is all up - but doable if taken slowly. One dog threw up on the middle of the trail- so if you take dogs, please figure that out. Poles helped and there are steep sections. Bugs more towards the trail head, but present. Take water.

Great views! The earlier portion of the trail has lots of bugs/mosquitos.

Nice quick hike. Busy. Some trail work on bridges - there is a make-shift bridge right past the one that is being reset. Lot of people out there without water - which amazes me because it is still a hike and mainly uphill on the way to the falls. The falls are a great surprise at the end.

hiking
10 days ago

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

This is not actually a loop and there is no view at the end of the trail. Continue on to Mt. Parker for a scenic outlook. Lots of vegetation so wear long pants.

Great hike to beautiful falls! Trails are pretty rocky but clearly marked. Very crowded on a Saturday. Bemis trail has a very steep section, but multiple very nice falls to stop and swim or picnic. Overall beautiful hike! Took about 2 hours in and out with pretty active group taking breaks / crowded trail.

Tough, rocky, fairly well maintained.
Not too buggy, mostly shady.
Worth the walk for the falls.
Crowded on weekends with good weather.
Water is quite cold!
Bring a towel and a lunch!

Love this hike! Recommend taking the bemis brook trail which offers awesome swimming opportunities and great views.

A pleasant forest hike to a stunning waterfall. We did the Arethusa Falls trail out and went along the Bemis Brook trail on the way back. The Bemis Brook Trail offers opportunities to put your feet in the stream-- it was ice cold even on the day we went, which had temperatures in the 90s. The last section that connects the Bemis Brook Trail back to the Arethusa Falls Trail isn't hard to climb, but is a bit steep.

16 days ago

It was very hot and humid today but we made it in 4 hours and we stopped to take pictures and had lunch at the top. On the way down we took a small path to the Creek and dipped in the water to cool off. love this hike!

backpacking
18 days ago

We had planned to drive up the road to the Sawyer Pond Trail, but road was closed at the turn off from the highway.

From the parking lot you can hike on a trail down by the river for about a mile before you hit a clearing and an abandoned road grade up to the main road. We tried to continue along the river from that point, but the trail disappears soon after. We had to scramble up a steep hill to get back to the road again.

The road is suitable for backpacking, biking, even a stroller. It isn’t too steep and is a fairly consistent uphill grade.

We fished the river and creeks without much success. A few 3-5inch brook trout were all we could get to bite.

The trail was VERY BUSY on Saturday and the parking lot was packed when we hiked out.

Pretty difficult for a beginner, but the view is worth it, just have to go a slow and steady pace :)

My GPS stopped working so, to get there from Crawford’s Notch area (Conway Scenic Railroad, etc), continue on 302 passes the Dry River Campground and about 1/3 mike down on the right, you’ll see the sign.

Completed the Arethusa Falls section on the trail (1.5 miles) with my 9 and 6 year old today and it was awesome! It took us about 90 minutes to go up because of multiple snack and water breaks, but only about 40 minutes to come down. The incline tapers off a little bit about halfway up and there are lots of boulders and fallen logs for jumping on. The falls are beautiful, and not very crowded. Def recommend for families, especially if you’re able/willing to take your time heading up.

hiking
23 days ago

This is a great hike with pano views well worth the effort. Hiking poles are a huge help, although they don't do too much for you on the rock face section. Once you get to the first peek of the awesome view (steep rock area) you are a little more than 1/2 way there. I did come home with several black fly bites on my face, but still a great day. Took us about 2 hrs each way.

hiking
23 days ago

This hike is strenuous but not technically difficult by White Mountain standards. First ~mile is just about flat, then steep rocky stairs take you up most of the elevation. You'll have no trouble keeping the trail until you come to the bare ledge near the top. Keep to the right at the first big open slab, though it appears that the trail goes left. Some other hikers got "lost" in that section the day I was there. Heard them yelling through the woods and sent the dog in to find them. I nearly made the same wrong turn myself. This is in a wilderness area, so blazes and trail markers are unkept. Look for cairns near the top to keep the trail.

Great 360 views at the summit, and enough scrub and boulders to find a spot out of the wind.

Fairly easy trail, some more difficult rocky areas, but overall easy. Amazing view at the top and spacious rock area to sit and enjoy a snack with a view.

27 days ago

Fun hike, a little bit of a challenge but that’s what made it fun :)

Very nice hike for my 8 year old and my Mastiff. Lots of kids and dogs on the trail. We took Bemis trail and enjoyed the smaller waterfalls. The connection aka scramble to get back to Arethusa was pretty steep. Fair warning. Many people on the trail, lots of dogs too. It seems that people didn't realize how long the hike really is, we saw many parents with kids and only 1 water bottle between them. Please prepare before going out there, especially if you have children.

hiking
1 month ago

Took us 7 hours to hike this up and back i would say this is Alittle bit more experienced trail than just moderate ... this was the first mountain we have ever climbed and it was exhausting haha we didnt know what we were getting into we only brought 6 waters and some gram crackers ... ya didnt work out so well lol! The view was AMAZING ... very rocky very very steep! Very rooty but worth it !

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked the Shoal Trail as part of a loop (Zealand-Ethan pond-Thoreau Falls-wilderness trail- Shoal Pond Trail-to Zealand). Hiking North on Shoal Pond Trail was definitely the most difficult part of the loop, due to many downed trees in the trail and lots of mud and decomposing bog bridges. There are about 6 water crossings, some with need to go barefoot. Still a great hike all around and the ~18.5 mile loop to/from Zealand lot took me (fit hiker with light backpack) 9.5 hours total. I saw lots of moose scat, and at Shoal Pond I did actually see a beautiful cow moose!

The section of wilderness trail between Thoreau Falls Trail and Shoal Pond Trail was in good condition. Saw only two hikers once I got off the path to the AMC hut. A notice at the Zealand parking lot said that the bridge was out at the intersection of Thoreau Falls and Wilderness. Luckily I found that crossing the water there was no problem at all, and I didn't even need to take my shoes off to get across.

hiking
1 month 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)

walking
1 month ago

Awesome rd with some killer views of river down steep hills. The road is closed to vehicles since the washout last year. About halfway down theres a pull off walk dont the hill and a sweet spot to swim

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely breathtaking views at the fire tower. The other reviews are right, it's incredibly steep for most of the way up. If you aren't used to the rigorousness I wouldn't recommend this at first.

Bring water for pets, maybe some food depending on how long it takes you. Our hike legitimately took close to 8 hours but we underestimated how steep it really is.

Would do again though

This is one of my favorite short hikes in the Whites. Every time my friends and I go up to the Whites, we always stop at Arethusa Falls. The hike is very moderate and isn’t tough on joints and knees. The waterfall is beautiful and when it’s not too busy, it’s the nicest spot to take a cold dip on a hot summers day! This is a great hike for children!

hiking
1 month ago

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

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