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This was a challenging hike as it was our second moderate one of the day but it was very rewarding at the end. The falls are breathtaking and can not be captured with a photo! Not a a lot of room to spread out and relax at the falls but it wasn’t crowded when we went and we were able to relax and enjoy the view for a while. We had a small dog with us and he had no trouble on the hike.

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4 days ago

Really enjoyable hike. Hard on the way up and slow on the way down, but worth it. With a heavy backpack took about an hour and a half each way. Be sure to pack your water if you plan to camp, the only water source is a small stream at the very start of the route.

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

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.

7 days ago

Did the trail today with my husband today. Not a bad hike and the gals were beautiful today. Worth the hike.

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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This is a decent moderate hike. Starts out gradually with a decent incline, as you hear the stream on your left. Eventually it will level off a bit before another incline. As you approach the destination (The falls), you actually descend. It's been a relatively wet week, so there were muddy stretches.
Overall it is a nice short hike, and the falls at the end are beautiful, however the trail is very busy. Too busy in my opinion. Perhaps it was because of the long holiday weekend.

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.

difficult but rewarding. great 360 views from the top

totally worth the hike!

Great views moderate hike. Very fun place to checkout.

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.

Very challenging uphill and steep but worth it. Great 360 views at the top in the fire tower. Took us 4 hours round trip including eating lunch at the top. Best for off leash dogs.

Challenging is correct. Took the dog and I a little less than 2 hours to the Tower. Have to pay attention on some of the lower ledges. Will do again

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30 days ago

Just a good uphill hike in the woods with no bogs, no bugs, no mud, and no scary ledges. I found this to be a very pleasant hiking trail, even though its ascension rate is challenging.

Very Enjoyable hike up via Bemis Brook Trail and down Arethusa Falls Trail. Truly an awesome piece of nature. Make sure to stop along the many pools and falls along the Bemis Brook Trail.

Loved this hike. perfect shorter hike on a beautiful late summer day. 80, low humidity. Up Arethusa trail. (1hour including walk from lower lot on the road). Some nice climbs with differing terrain. There are a few high steps. Falls are gorgeous and definitely offered a reward for the trip.
Came back via Bemis Brook trail. The "trail" that connects the two was interesting. Very steep and mostly comprised of tree roots and pine needles. A little hairy of a descent. I was grateful for my trekking poles.
It might feel safer to climb rather than descend. Fortunately, conditions were dry so the footng was firm.
The lower falls were definitely worth seeing.
Excellent day in the woods. I would hike these trails again.

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!

This trail isn't for everyone. Beginners that are older or out of shape, beware because it quite possibly will challenge you beyond your limitations. If it has rained recently, the trail becomes a bit more difficult with much of the 2nd half of hike navigating slippery rocks and tree roots. I found navigating Mount Washington less of a challenge then this bad boy.

1 month ago

amazing veiw. we went there 2 x in the week . we love it. it good for any age

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.

Surprisingly challenging for a short hike. Loved that you can splash around in the assorted falls along the trail.

We took the Bemis Brook Trail to the Arethusa Falls. This trail had great views, a good mix of climb and flat areas. The climb connecting the Bemis trail back to the main Arethusa is challenging so for those who are not experienced hikers could have a harder time. If you have any kind of hiking poles I would recommend taking them. The Arethusa Falls are amazing and in my opinion on the level of some I've seen in Hawaii. Bring a lunch or a snack and enjoy a moment at the falls.

Randomly did this the other day. Great climb and beautiful views at the top.

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1 month ago

Would highly recommend this trail for any levels, with the understanding that it is moderately steep very quickly in and through the entire length of the trip up. Views are worth it!

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1 month ago

Great moderate to hard hike. Pitch is pretty consistent with some steep and heavily rooted sections near the top. Great 360 degree views from the fire tower. My wife and I are in our 50's and in pretty good shape and took 4 hours and 40 minutes round trip hiking time. We found this and South Moat Mountain to be similar in difficulty and both had great views at the top.

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