Sunday Hikes:  The Mt Pemigewasset Trail

It was a cold, crisp November morning in Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  I parked at the Flume Gorge parking lot and started down the 3.3 mile round trip trail.  The trail goes through three tunnels under the access road and I-93 before heading west towards the summit of Mt. Pemigewasset.  


It had rained heavily the previous few days,    so the trail was very muddy in spots and had a several small streams that were much more prominent than usual.  The first mile goes through mostly hardwood forest with a lot of the granite rocks commonly found in the White Mountains.  


After a pretty easy beginning the trail starts to seriously ascend with about 1500 feet in elevation gain.  Soon you start to come into more fir trees.  About half a mile from the summit I started to see little ice curls in the trail which really fascinated me.  I wondered how they were formed.  


Soon, I crested the summit as I walked out onto a granite bald facing southwest.  It was solemn and I enjoyed the quiet solitude.  There are expansive views of the forest below surrounded by other mountains.  Off to the south you can see I-93 weaving through the notch.

After soaking up the beauty at the top of Mt Pemigewasset, I started to descend and passed several groups who were working their way up to the top. I really enjoyed this hike and I’d like to do it again in the summer.  rk

Picture of the Day:  Silver Cascade in New Hampshire’s White Mountains


The Silver Cascade located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains National Forest is an amazing torrent of water gushing through a narrow crevice in the rock.  Not 100 yards away, the magnificent Flume Cascade flows similarly.  You can find both conveniently located right off the main highway in Crawford Notch State Park.


These next two pictures are of Flume Cascade.  rk

Picture of the Day – Height of Land

This is a panoramic picture of the “Height of Land” in west Maine. Pictured are Mountains going from Maine to New Hampshire and my personal favorite lake, Mooselookmeguntic Lake. This picture isn’t just special to me because it’s so beautiful and reminds me of how much I love the White Mountains and Maine’s wilderness but also because just before arriving here at the Height of Land I saw my very first moose. I failed to get a good picture of them but I got to see them up close (safely) and I also got to see how huge and majestic they really are. 

– Josh

Sunday Hikes: Arethusa Falls

Arethusa Falls is the second tallest waterfall in the state of New Hampshire. It is located in Crawford Notch State Park in the White Mountains. This was the first hike I did in the White Mountains and it was a great introduction to the beautiful fall colors I would be seeing the rest of my mid-late October hiking trip. The gravel parking lot is off the side of  302 (one of the main roads in the White Mountains). There is a larger parking lot just off the road but if you drive up the hill there is a smaller one closer to the trailhead. You can either do the out and back trail or make a 4.3 mile loop by taking the Frankenstein Cliffs trail. I didn’t do the Frankenstein Cliffs but I wish I had.

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The trail starts off wide and rocky before narrowing to about 3 feet wide most of the time. It’s mostly flat and therefore a great hike to do with the whole family but still a decent workout. About halfway through the trail splits off on a little side trail the travels right next to the creek and has multiple small but very unique waterfalls however where it meets back up with the main trail is an almost straight up climb that would be difficult for some people to do and very easy to slip on the loose dirt that makes up the “trail” and despite the blazes on the trees I still questioned its reliability. Once you return to the main trail you cross a small bridge and you go up hill and the trees go from orange to green. The Frankenstein Cliffs trail meets the Arethusa Falls trail and then you’re at the waterfall! It’s large and a straight drop from the top! Not a lot of water was falling when I went but it was still impressive! I played around at the waterfall and took some pictures and ate my breakfast. I went back down the trail and passed many people on their way to the falls and was sure to tell them how cool it was. All of the sudden I was back in the car and on my way to the next hike! If you’re in the White Mountains Arethusa is a must do in my opinion!

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-Josh