Frankenstin Cliffs and Arethusia Water Falls NH an Adrenaline Filled Winter Hike
What’s a New Hampshire Cross Country Skier, Downhill Skier and Snow Boarder to do when the snow is a bit scarce? Climb to higher ground. Before the snow got deep but the ground was frozen and covered with ice we decided to try out the snowshoe crampons and the micro crampons on a winter hike in the White Mountains of NH. Frankenstein Cliffs and Arethusa Water Falls NH is a fun 3.5 to 4 hour round trip loop full of Adrenaline pumping ice flow crossings, beautiful views and the states highest Waterfall. Innkeeper Miriam hiked with friends Ginger and Mark along with 3 dogs! We started the loop going up the Frankenstein Cliffs side and had to cross several large ice flows (waterfalls that froze in mid flow). They were beautiful to see but also carry dangers. Each one had ice climbers on them and as they pick into the ice little ice avalanches do fall so it is important to let them know when you are crossing below. Fun started from the first incline when I took off my pack to get a sip of water and…total rookie mistake..teh pack sled down teh mountian 100 feet! Ginger went down in her micro crampons to get it and I followed. Ginger got teh pack, a tree and a slip! Then Miriam tried to hel with snowshoes and started to slide…so Mark came to the rescue with poles to pull us back up to flat ground! Next a block of ice the size of a Chevy truck fell from one of the flows just West of us by about 100 feet. It was a thunderously loud bang and got the adrenaline flowing..again! No climbers were hurt but it sure made me cross the rest of the ice flows quickly. With little snow cover I recommend the micro crampons our friends were wearing. Snow shoes were helpful because of the crampons but also more cumbersome than necessary. I stepped on my shoes and fell several times…one time bending both of my poles. Yikes. The loop and side trip to Arethusa Falls was well worth it. Spectacular 200 foot waterfall with most of the falls frozen except a few feet in the center that was still flowing. A spectacular site! Call 1 800 292 2353 and Innkeepers at the Bartlett Inn will help you pick a fun winter or summer hike!