Showing posts with label Arethusa Falls. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arethusa Falls. Show all posts

Monday, March 27, 2017

Arethusa Falls (WI3-4) - Ice Climbing

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Pano photo of Arethusa Falls

Arethusa Falls (WI3-4)
Crawford Notch, NH

Beautiful bluebird day for some spring ice climbing! John and I checked out Walk In The Forest and it wasn't looking good. Most of it was in full sun and looking really baked (scary). I suggested we check out Arethusa Falls so we back-tracked along the railroad tracks and headed up the Arethusa Falls Trail. The 1.5 mile trail was well-packed and there were some hikers already coming down. They confirmed solid ice and no flowing water like John and Phil had encountered couple weeks prior. Like Waterfall (WI3) the week before, we had the falls all to ourselves. But there were many photographers, hikers and their dogs who came to the falls while we were climbing. John did a fantastic job leading up the left-center. At the start the ice was solid. But at the middle there was a lot of snow and about 3/4 way the ice was pretty bad, but under it was solid. The flowing water in the center definitely caught my attention. At the top and off to the right, is a tree with a large red webbing  around it. John set up anchor and we rapped down from here. 

Great job sending Arethusa Falls John and thanks for another mellow day of ice climbing!


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Three Falls for Boomer - Waterfalls & Hiking



Spent overnight at my friend's vacation rental. Conveniently located right off of Route 16 in North Conway but super quiet and comfy! We had plans to hike to Arethusa Falls making a loop along the Frankenstein Cliff trail. But my old  buddy Boomer was a bit sore so we backtracked to the trailhead stopping off at Bemis Falls for lunch, and then Coliseum Falls. As you can see by my photos, Boomer absolutely loved all 3 beautiful falls!


Along the Arethusa Trail







Sunday, November 6, 2011

Arethusa Falls & Frankenstein Cliff - Hiking

Arethusa Falls (2,000 ft)
Frankenstein Cliff (2,150 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft cumulative
Trails: Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff
Distance: 4.7 miles roundtrip
Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

I don't get a chance to drive through Crawford Notch very often, but when I do, it's always a treat to see how beautiful this part of the White Mountains are. I met with other members of the New England Over 50 Hiking group this morning at the trailhead of the upper parking lot just off of Route 302. The weather was perfect, a bit chilly but sunny and comfortable.

Reading other reviews of this particular hike, most take the Frankenstein Cliff trail first, then make the loop to the falls. Steve, our meetup group organizer, took us in the opposite direction.   The trail to the falls is pleasant and an easy hike walk. There were several wooden bridge crossings and no grand views as the trail is entirely wooded. There were many others on the trail as well. And since it was such a beautiful day, we shared the falls with many others photographing the falls and enjoying its beauty.

Our group continued on the loop to the Frankenstein Cliff. The trail is well worn and well marked with blazes. There is one lookout point before the descent to the Cliff, but the view of Mt. Washington is obscured by several tall pine trees. At Frankenstein Cliff, our group spent an hour resting, eating lunch and taking in the view. From here you can see the parking lot, as well as Arethusa Falls.

The rest of the descent from the cliff was easy with one challenging section where we had to navigate down steep rock steps. The trail continued alongside several walls, which in the winter, are used by ice climbers. The trail continued under the train tracks in the area known as the Frankenstein Trestle. At the upper parking lot, the cliff itself can be seen.

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