Dry River Trail Crawford Notch NH is a fantastic hike for all. The first couple of miles to the bridge have little elevation gain. It is a fun walk along the edge of the Saco River. This April there was still a lot of snow on the trails…in the sections with no sun. There are also many small water flows across the trial in the Spring time. They are small waterfalls and streams that can easily be crossed stepping on the rocks. Views of the river and the ledges are just beautiful on this hike. We highly recommend this one for anyone! When we arrived at the bridge there were notices that the area was still hazardous and closed across the bridge so we did not proceed. This has been the situation since hurricane Irene swept through almost 2 years ago..the Saco River rose 22 feet and birdges were compromised or washed away, giant log jams blocked trails and some trails were completely washed away. We will try this trail again later in the season to see the conditions. The Dry River Trail starts just a few miles West of the Bartlett Inn on US Rte 302 in Crawford Notch. Enjoy a yummy bed and breakfast at the Bartlett Inn and innkeepers will help with trails advice for the day! Call 1800 292 2353.
Hiking New Hampshire: Webster Cliffs to Mt Jackson a challenging New Hampshire hike with great views!
Hiking New Hampshire White Mountains offers endless options! We started the hike from the Willey House Site and Willey Pond (Free Parking) to the Webster Cliffs Trail to Mt Jackson; A challenging New Hampshire hike with great views! This is a great hike to do if you are able to plant a car. The initial climb is by switchback to the top of the Webster Cliffs Trail. You continue to climb as you cross the Crawford Notch from its East to West Side enjoying amazing views along the Webster Cliffs ridge trail. It was a little treacherous as the wind was blowing at 60 mph and you had to be careful near the cliff edges! I loved this trail because it is like an obstacle course exposing you to cliffs, high winds and then multiple rock scrambles up smooth rock faces to gain elevation. One tip is to only bring very agile pups with you and people too! Once you summit Mt Webster the trail gives you the option to carry on along the ridge to summit Mt Jackson NH. From the summit you can see almost 360 degrees with views of Crawford Notch, Mt Woods NH. We climbed to Mt Jackson and then with some investigation found the trail-head down Jackson Branch Trail was over a smooth rock face with the blaze 30 feet below to pick up a more obvious trail down a steep washed out stream bed. We hiked out via this trail to the bottom at Saco Lake near the AMC Highland Center. This is a fun but very challenging hike. The next time we do it we plan to camp along the way or in a AMC hut so that we can follow the ridge all the way across the White Mountains on the Crawford Path Trail to Mt Washington and beyond! Call Innkeepers Miriam Nick at the Bartlet Inn to help with your New Hampshire lodging during you hiking New Hampshire vacation at 1 800 292 2353.
Mt Tremont Trail can be accessed approximately 2 miles east of the Bartlet Inn Bed and Breakfast on US Route 302. Mt Tremont is 3371 Feet. My husband Nick, innkeeper and avid hiker, and I – not so avid hiker, did this hike in about 3.25 hours. I was nervous about so much altitude but found this a great hike. It was very difficult in that the trail is very rocky, uneven and strewn with tree roots. Put that on a incline and it does make for a slippery climb with challenging footing. Saying that, I love that the first third of the hike as the trail travels along Stony Brook which has endless beautiful waterfall cascades and clear pools and river running over sheets of granite; Just beautiful and a great distraction. The second 2/3 of the trail are relatively steep but the foliage was beautiful and there were sections of the trail that were red and then yellow. Towards the last third of the climb you pass through a section of trail with trees and exposed roots that makes you feel like you are traveling through a hobbit colony! One can get glimpses of Mt Washington and Crawford Notch and I imagine as the foliage drops from the trees the views grow en route. From the top the views are spectacular looking down at Sawyer Ponds below as well as Greens Cliff and Bear Notch Road and the Kancamagus Highway. The footing down was pretty hard on the feet. We found the hiking poles a great help on the descent giving us stability climbing down the steep slippery rocky trail. This was a great hike if you enjoy beautiful New Hampshire waterfalls and incredible views and do not mind a challenging trail. For anyone just interested in waterfalls you could do the first section of the trail only and really have a nice easier hike! Any questions call The Bartlett Inn who offer trail advice to all their guests. We help you find the best hike for what challenge you are up for and interests you have. Call 800 292 2353 For More Pictures of our hikes check out our Face book posts. Hiked 9/21/11