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A great trail with the wondrous 140 foot fall being the greatest reward of all. We spent over an hour at the falls picnicking and wading and taking a dip under the fall. It was truly memorable. The trail to the fall is not terribly exciting but not monotonous.

Bring a towel and prepare to get wet. The shower under the cool refreshing falls is truly unforgettable.

Great trail, the waterfall is beautiful. Please note that coming down off frakenstein cliff is difficult and dangerous since its so steep. Watch your footing and hold onto trees when you can.

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.

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.

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.

My wife and I (both 68 y/o) went up Frankenstein Cliff trail, took the .5 mile spur to Falcon Cliff (just OK), over to Arethusa Falls (very worth seeing) and took the Bemis side trail down to two more beautiful smaller falls. Took us 6 hours as we don't move as fast as we use too. A good, not too long and not too strenuous hike.

Solid trail. Not difficult and makes for a nice day. If you’ve done other trails in the Whites, this could be a bit underwhelming, but it’s fun nonetheless.

We went up the cliffs way. One confusing part of the trail was early at the railroad tracks. You have to follow along the tracks till you get to the railroad bridge. Before the bridge you pick the trail back up. Nice trail otherwise.

12 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!

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

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19 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.

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19 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.

worth the climb, beautiful summit

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28 days 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 !

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29 days 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

Amazing hike, did this with boyfriend and our dog. Took Arethusa falls trail up and Frankenstein cliff trail down. Some parts of Arethusa were a bit muddy, and quite a bit of loose leaf litter/gravel on the way down. Other than that a perfect hike and well worth the views!!

Sunday 6/3/18 was the perfect day for a hike- it was sunny, 70° and pretty quiet on the trail. Most of the trail to Arethusa falls was dry and easy to traverse. The water was low enough to go down to the river bed safely and put our feet in some cold pools of water. Trail to the cliff from Arethusa falls was clear and easy to traverse although the soil is loose in many places which was the only thing that made it tough to navigate, especially going down hill. Whole loop took us about 4-5 hours with lots of stops for pictures and snacks. very quiet, only saw about a dozen other hikers all day. Would 100% recommend, it was a beautiful way to spend a Sunday!

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1 month ago

Steep, well marked trail, varying surfaces with a few technical sections. Beautiful view from the top, well worth the visit!

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1 month ago

This is a great hike! I am relatively new to hiking in ME/NH, but this is the best so far. It starts off well giving you time to warm up before sending you over rock faces and some steep sections that’ll get your heart going. The views at the summit are 360 degrees and amazing. Will be back for sure.

Amazing view

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A nice hike to the Falls which are gorgeous. Frankenstein trail is a bit of a monster with tons of roots, rocks and steep challenging narrow paths through dense and dark woods. Great vistas when you hit the exposed areas.

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1 month ago

This one is a favorite for me. Hiked it many times and is often one of the first of the season. The last trip up was last year and crossed paths with a bear, hoping to avoid a rerun of that tomorrow.

Both Arethusa and Frankenstein’s cliff are easily one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. The Arethusa trail is moderate, but one your way back make sure to look to your left and take Frankenstein’s Cliff trail. That’s where the real work begins. Pretty difficult, but extremely worth it.

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1 month ago

Safe, relatively quick, and well-marked trail. A good burn even for fit hikers. No mud or snow left this year. The black flies and mosquitoes are terrible, and if you have a dog I would bring extra water because there is no access to streams. Other than that, a great hike close to North Conway with gorgeous 360 views from the tower.

Awesome trail! Some parts were tough but the view from the cliffs is outstanding, very rewarding hike

Beautiful but difficult! Worth it!

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