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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.

Great trail for a quick hike! Three females in our late 20s - we found the moderate rating accurate considering some parts of this trail are very steep but very manageable for us three. We are all in decent shape and had to stop twice to sip some water and catch our breath after the steep sections. There is the Bemis trail that rejoins the Arethusa Falls trail - Bemis was much steeper than Arethusa and it also included a section where you have to climb up tree roots about ~15 feet. I would NOT recommend going DOWN Bemis. (We hiked up Bemis and down Arethusa). It took 1 hour to get to Arethusa Falls including our stops. We also stopped for a minute or so at two different smaller falls that were just as beautiful as the large waterfall. We ate lunch by the large falls and spent about 20 minutes there. It was fairly crowded at Arethusa Falls with all the hikers basking in this natural beauty. This was on a Wednesday the first week of August. About 40 minutes back down to the trail head, so about 2 hours total including lunch. Will be hiking here again!

We took the Bremis trail going up and we totally enjoyed the 3 smaller Falls on the way. But we were unprepared for the steep hike up to join the Arethusa Falls trail and the long way still to go to get to the Falls. As older hikers and photographers, we took our time and were rewarded with the most awesome of waterfalls. Well worth the aches and pains. FYI- Sat morning- to afternoon, the Falls / trail were extremely crowded with kids dogs etc., maybe because it was the first sunny day in a long time.

17 days ago

I normally take Bryce's up to Cathedral and then over to Whitehorse and down this trail since it's less steep than coming down Bryce's. Then take a dip in the lake! yesterday's hike was perfect as there was a light breeze to keep the bugs away and it was mild temps.

We headed out on the trail and continued clockwise around the loop. The hike does have a few moderate inclines on the way up. We were with four kids ages 5-8. They all handled the hike well even though they were pretty tired. The top is large bare rock which is fun to explore. The decent is much trickier and steeper so you want to keep an eye on the kids even though they may want to race down. Mileage was just under 5 Miles. I think the mileage listed was 3 something so definitely keep in mind it may be longer than what’s listed on this site. Also there were lots of little roads that the kids kept finding which they enjoyed.

Great hike, but definitely a moderate rating. Very busy at mid-day Saturday. I took the Bemis Brook "Yellow" trail going in, and the folks behind me were similarly mistaken: we both thought it was easiest for dogs. There is a decent rock-scramble that will kick your butt. I would say I'm on the slower side and took us round trip about 3-4 hours that's with stopping once on the way up to feed a baby, and a good rest at the falls. Well worth it, absolutely stunning falls. I cant wait to go back in the fall. I did see small children doing this trail, and they were doing a lot better than me!

We parked along Cathedral Ledge Rd. and made our way up Bryce Path trail which starts out easy but then comes to a steep area that doesn't last too long before leveling off again. The rest of the hike up was easy from there with great views down to North Conway, surrounding mountains and direct views of Echo lake and Cranmore ski slopes. The hike down the other side brings you below and across the base of White Horse ledge and you will see some very large boulders along the path which is really something else to see. Overall, it's a nice loop hike worth repeating!

Took the blue trail up to the falls and the yellow trail back. The waterfalls were wonderful. However this is not an easy to do trail. Very steep in areas and the trails go up the whole time. Great trail if you really take your time and bring water, some people did not have water. The yellow trail was like climbing down a cliff. Water was very cold but felt so good on sore muscles. This one totally kicked my butt.

More strenuous than anticipated. Summit views made it worthwhile.

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

Easy walk, great for small children. The walk over to Saco River from the kiosk was well worth it as you could see how high storms have pushed up the river into the woods.

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.

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1 month ago

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

picked out of a hat, steep in the beginning and really pretty at the top. we did white horse and prob will do athedra next time

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!

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1 month ago

Great little walk through a field, through the woods and around a pond. I wouldn't really call it a hike, but it is very pretty with views of flower field, river and pond. Super easy and short. Would be perfect for little children to walk in and enjoy some nature. One little thing. I was glad to have the map as the trails were not well marked and the app helped us make sure we were still on the trail.

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.

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.

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1 month 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.

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.

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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)

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!

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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.

We went up the Bemis and down the Arethusa Trail which was perfect for myself and my two teens. Beautiful waterfalls ending with the magnificent Arethusa Falls. A perfect day;)

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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.

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

3 beautiful waterfalls. Each have their own perfect aspect. Some steep parts through Bemis falls part but overall a wonderful hike.

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