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Fawn L
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HikingMuddy

We hiked, this morning, in the rain because it’s a sheltered path. There were no eeports of lightning strikes in a 450 mile radius and MWOBS was reporting rain but no thunderstorm concerns this morning. It. Was. Perfect. 74 degrees and raining, so it was like hiking in bathwater. The temperature was just right to be soaked to the bone and totally not care! We like the Bemis Brook side trail in the outbound direction (too scrambly to do on the return trip due to the rain). We have been to Arethusa Falls many times but today the water was so high (of course!) that wading was not possible. Very little blowdown, very few bugs; we didn’t see another soul until we got back to the parking lot. Perfect!!

Megan Gee
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Beautiful! There are a lot of little waterfalls but the big one is amazing. Getting down to the falls is easy but you just have to remember you have to go back up. The swimming holes were great as well. This is one of my favorite places so far.

Meghan Slinskey
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HikingRocky

Difficult! Please do not wear non-athletic clothing and sneakers without traction if you plan on going to the top. It’s a steep climb for most of it and once it gets more gradual it is only rock face. So very slippery and questionable footing. It’s beautiful at the top and well worth the effort. The park rangers had me make a reservation for my car to park I made it when I arrived with my phone, it was about $16. No pets allowed. ALSO go to the bathroom before you begin your ascent because it’s super crowded and not easy to make ur way off the trail to relieve yourself.

Emily Japlon
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HikingRocky

Beautiful trail and mostly wooded throughout until the very end. A beautiful steam accompanies you for the first 1-1.5 hours until a much steeper ascent begins. My partner and I did this, and while we’re in good shape, we’re fairly inexperienced hikers. It was challenging and definitely took its toll on our legs the next day! That said, it was totally doable for us and we tacked on the extra 0.8 miles at the end to summit Mt. lafayette.

Ashley Hildreth
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HikingMuddy
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Derek Palmer
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Nice little hike. Bring bug spray. Trails were wet and muddy in some spots but not too bad overall.

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Allison L
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HikingBlowdownScramble

Really enjoyed this one. Starts off by a river and winds up through the woods, crossing a few streams along the way. Giant boulders and a variety of mushrooms around. After you hit the first granite face it turns into a mix of scramble and graveled rocky ascent. Easy to slip on the way down. Aside from that section, I’d say this would be a nice light moderate and more entry level hike for the area, especially when you factor in overall distance.

Maria Servidone
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HikingBugsRocky

We also started from the tunnel brook parking and hiked for about 10.1 miles according to a paper map we used. Definitely steep in some sections but evens off at other parts, and views from the enormous summit are incredible! We barely saw anyone else on the trail, so it’s a good option for social distancing.

Kim Mihelich
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Hiking

This was #16 of the 4000 footers for us. It was our most challenging to date. We went up Caps Ridge to Castle to Link then back to Caps Ridge to make a loop. Castle is a beast and I may have cried in one section but my husband and I made a human chain to get it done Survivor style. I would rate this as difficult and you should only attempt it if you are experienced and not afraid of heights and Rock scrambling.

Ally Bruce
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Hiking

Way too buggy in July! Had to quit early

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kb Pawley
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HikingBugsMuddyPrivate property

A fun trail, even with a good number of cars in the lot, the trail doesn't feel crowded. FYI Stinson Lake is nearby but there isn't any public waterfront except for a boat ramp. Stinson Brook further down the hill past the lake is better for a quick dip.

Jennifer Couture
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HikingBugs

Nice easy quiet hike.

Jennifer Couture
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HikingBugsRocky

Great hike. On hot days the cascade brook trail is a bit cooler. Wear your bathing suit. Lots of places to take a quick dip and cool off. I went early in the morning on a weekday and it wasn’t too busy.

Meg P.
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HikingBlowdownBugs

A totally fine loop. Not much by way of views at all— we hiked this on a bluebird day and it was a little bit of a bummer not to see much. Stop at Mt. Avalon on the way down if you want to get a view! The spur over to Willey is a little steeper and rockier, but overall pretty easy. Summits are marked by large cairns, there’s no other signage.

Meg P.
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HikingRockyScramble

A good one. We did it clockwise (Whiteface first) and glad we did— as others have mentioned, rocky scramble leading up to Whiteface was easier going up than it would have been going down. A couple of false summits were tough on morale, but the hike along the ridge from Whiteface to Passaconway was easier and more level than expected. Heat and humidity were unreal bad... don’t do it if it’s this hot! Not fun to be in a river of your own sweat.

Sarah Gall
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Beautiful well established trail. From the trailhead you quickly start gaining elevation and as you go above tree line you are in for a steep scramble to the top of Madison. The trail between Madison and Adams is beautiful as you pass Star Lake and begin to see views of the rest of the presidentials (on a clear day). For some odd reason, the summit of Adams was super buggy so we passed through fairly quickly. Summit of Jefferson was the sweet spot where we sat and snacked in a patch of grass with great views of Washington. On the trek down there are several four way junctions — take care to reference the map at these points. We made a wrong turn a time or two before quickly correcting ourselves.

Erica Nunes
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Hiking

It was a great hike! We took the loop counter clockwise. It was challenging the first half. I’d say an easy to moderate hike. The leader took a steady pace. We stopped to enjoy some of the magical rock formations and views. Took us about 1.5 hours.

Sarah Truman
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HikingBugsMuddy

Great, easy hike! Took the husband and the kids (4, 6, 12) and they loved it! I was thankful someone in another review mentioned the only marking for the trail was the word BASIN spray painted on a rock. Made the guessing much easier! Parking is limited but we were the only people there. Looks like a former dirt road for part of it and then it narrows and is more trail-like. It’s well maintained for a good portion. We ran into a lot of muddy/mucky parts of the trail the further up we got. Not too many roots but a lot of rocks to trip over for the 4yo where it got muddy. Husband said it was buggy but I think he kept them all to himself minus the deer fly that would not leave me alone. The water was amazing! We had the whole place to ourselves for the better part of an hour and then another family with older kids came along for a bit Andy swam in a section above us and then left. As we were packing up, another group of people came blazing up the trail with a large speaker and blasting music and had a party at one of the swimming holes above us. Honestly, we couldn’t hear them over the rushing water once they passed us. We saw a few smaller groups of ppl on our way down but only came across one single person along the actual trail. Pretty quiet and a nice easy enough hike that there was no complaining at all from even the youngest kiddo.

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