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Frankenstin Cliffs and Arethusia Water Falls NH an Adrenaline Filled Winter Hike

Frankenstin Cliffs and Arethusia Water Falls NH an Adrenaline Filled Winter Hike

Arethusa Falls NH Ice Climbers

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!

Frankenstin Cliffs and Arethusia Water Falls NH an Adrenaline Filled Winter Hike

Hiking New Hampshire: Webster Cliffs to Mt Jackson a challenging New Hampshire hike with great views!

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Hiking New Hampshire Webster Cliff trail to Mt Jackson great Crawford Notch 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.

Black Cap Mountain North Conway, New Hampshire; A Perfect Family Hike!

Black Cap Mountain North Conway NH

Great Views from Black Cap Mountain North Conway NH

Sunday was a cool, windy and sunny day; perfect hiking weather!  We chose to hike Black Cap Mountain in Intervale and North Conway, NH with some freindly Inn Guests, kids and the dogs too!.  The trail head is located at the peak of Hurricane Mountain Road.  There is a dirt parking lot.  The hike is about 1.2 miles to the peak and well worth the medium effort.  It is a continuous gentle uphill hike on a rocky trail.  The top fo the mountain is bald and gives views almost 360 degrees around to the lakes in Maine, to Cranmore Mountain and Cathedral Ledge in North Conway and to top it off  a spectacular view of Mt Washington in all its snow covered glory!  Great for adults, kids and pets too!  The kids loved exploring all the different vistas and climbing on the rock face! Check out more pictures on our Facebook page later this week!  Call Bartlett Inn for your hiking stay in the White Mountains and Innkeepers will help you choose the best hikes for you abilities and desire – 1800 292 2353.

Yes Virginia, There is Great Snow and Skiing in Bartlett, New Hampshire!!

 

Bartlett NH SNOW

Bartlett NH SNOW

Bartlett New Hampshire in the White Mountains on the East side of Crawford Notch and Mt Washington received another 8 inches of snow on the 26-27 January winter storm.  We did a a wintry mix at the end but not enough to affect the 8 inches plus the foot that was under that.  The skiing conditions for Down hill and cross country right now are awesome.  Especially the the local Bartlett NH venues.  Attitash Bear Peak Mountain is located in Bartlett New Hampshire just 2 miles West of the Bartlett Inn & Cottages New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast and Bear Notch Cross Country Ski Network is accessable out the Bartlett Inn’s back door!  Bartlett Inn is jsut 12 miles West of North Conway NH and we have top snow conditions right now.  I know this may seem hard to imagine since I took a ride south to Manchester, New Hampshire this weekend and could not believe they had no snow!  I wanted to let all our Southern New England Firends know ….Yes Virginia,  There is Great Snow and Skiing in Bartlett New Hampshire!! Snowmobile Trails on the Bear Notch Road Network in Bartlett NH are alo excellent! Call 1 800 292 2353 and make a reservation.  Great deals to be had 7 days a week but rock bottom rates midweek (except school break week is 17-25FEB2012 and this is peak!) althought we still have discounted ski tickets!

Awesome Winter Ski Conditions in Spring Weather at Attitash Bartlett NH 1

Attitash Ski Resort New Hampshire

Great Views from the top of Attitash Bartlett NH

Definitely a top 10 Ski New Hampshire Day at Attitash and Bear Peak in Bartlett New Hampshire near Mount Washington and North Conway and located just 2 miles from the Bartlett Inn Bed and Breakfast and Cottages. Mid winter ski conditions and 45 degrees at the top! All the runs had been groomed corderoy, even the black diamond and double black diamond runs that are sometimes left ungroomed and full of moguls. Attitash is a great mountain on a day like today because you can enjoy the steep runs with the confidence that you will find some snow under your skis to turn when you need to and not ice. So…great speed and no worries.  They even groomed the half pipe to have a roller coaster with about 5 hills and if you went at speed each one gave you a nice bit of air!  I have not had a thrilling ski day like that in a long time! Still smiling now.  You could hear all the happy skiers singing on the chair lifts and hooting down the steeps! The mood at the mountain was giddy!  What a great day! Come stay at the Bartlet Inn and we will save you some money with discounted ski tickets to all the local New Hampshire Mountains!

Winter Hike to Carter Notch Hut ( 3,290 ft elevation) New Hampshire Success!

19 Mile Loop bridge Carter Notch Jackson NH
Bartlett Innkeeper Nick Crossing a Bridge Carter Notch NH

This is the first post in Bartlett Innkeeper Nicks series Adventures in the White Mountains of NH: Winter.  Share my wilderness experiences as I tell about my hikes in the White Mountains of NH!

 I went on a beautiful winter hike on 27th January with two friends of mine Matt and Greg. We went on the 19 mile loop trail  ( only 7.8 miles round trip) in Carter Notch Jackson NH – the trail head is just above Wildcat Ski Mountain. The trail was in great shape and we didnt need crampons or snow shoes . I Used Crampons on the way down as I was going solo. Met the Hut master Mike who was studying Pine Martens. The views around the hut looking at the Wildcat mountain and on the other side Carter Dome were spectacular. The lake was frozen and the ice was over 3 feet thick so I felt very safe crossing it. There are a few small exposed areas where you will feel the wind and temp drop – apart from that – a very protected trail. To see more pictures and details of our hike go to the Bartlett Inn Facebook page and become a friend .The Bartlett Inn  near Jackson NH is a great base to go out winter hiking.  Greg and Matt stayed at the Bartlett Inn Wednesday night to charge up and then spent Thursday night at the Carter Notch Hut and returned to refuel at the Bartlet Inn and do more day hikes with the Bartlett Inn as their base for Ice Climbs  at Cathedral Ledge, North Conway,  NH and Frankenstein Cliffs Crawford Notch NH.

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