Road Trip to Montana: Day Five 5/29/19

HARDEST HIKE I HAVE EVER DONE

Today I hiked the Mount Brown Lookout Trail in Glacier National Park. It is ten miles round trip and one of the more difficult hikes in the park. To put the difficulty into perspective, in five miles you gain around 4,250′ of elevation gain. It is steep the entire way up and there is not a flat spot to take a break. It was absolutely relentless. I think I took a break at each switchback as we got higher. It probably did not help that my backpack weighed about 30-40 pounds…anyway…the fire-tower lookout was phenomenal.

We ended up having to trek through some heavy snow to get to it, but it was warm out and the views were breathtaking. Here are some photos from the trail and lookout. Oh, and mountain goats are very courteous. They walked within ten feet of me, got off trail to go around me, and then got back on the trail behind me.

From the Trail

Pic of me on Mount Brown Trail

Mt Brown Firetower in distance

 MOUNTAIN GOAT

Mountain Goat on Mt Brown trail

Mountain Goat on Mt Brown Lookout Trail

Mount Brown Lookout

Snow and Mt Brown Fire-tower

Me taking pics from Mt Brown Fire-tower

Feet hanging on Mount Brown fire-tower

Final Note

I know this post is shorter than what I have been posting the past few days, but I am leaving for Wyoming tomorrow morning and need to sleep for once. There will be a whole post dedicated to Mount Brown Lookout Trail in its entirety once I get back home. Thank you again to anyone that checks out my posts, likes them, and comments on them. Feel free to hit that follow button if you want to see more adventure photos and hiking information!

-Ant

Road Trip to Montana: Day Two 5/26/19

Elkhart, Indiana –> Jamestown, North Dakota

What up Road Trip Warriors!? I am absolutely exhausted! I drove for FOURTEEN hours after only sleeping about five last night. All things aside….we made some great progress today! We are only about twelve hours away from Glacier National Park and I am SOOOOO HYPED UP! I can’t wait to hit the road again after I hopefully sleep better tonight…here is a little breakdown of today…

Chicago!!

My buddy Chris and I attacked the drive first thing this morning starting around 7:30 AM. About two hours into the drive, I had to drive by the Windy City. The traffic was actually tolerable which was a pleasant surprise. I had Chris trying to take pictures of Chicago, but it was tough to get any good ones from the passenger seat…

Chicago

Besides Chicago, there really isn’t much to see in Illinois. At least in my travels through Illinois all I have seen outside of Chicago is rural landscapes. I still think it is worth driving through to get a perspective on how other people might live.

Next up: Wisconsin!

I was able to shoot right up through Wisconsin. It had a lot of rolling hills, farmland, and we saw some cool waterparks. There were also some cool stone spires we drove by as well as a small ski mountain. The mountain’s name was Cascade Mountain. It made me think of back home and Cascade Mountain in the Adirondack High Peaks. As much as I love to travel, I am excited to be hitting those mountains with my brother and boys this summer!

Minnesota: The Land of 10,000 Lakes

Despite having so many lakes, I was unfortunately not able to see that many. We were on the highway continuing our drive west. I was able to see St. Paul from afar, but that was about the only sight I saw while in Minnesota. There were a lot of farms, especially towards the end of the state. We hit some heavy rain as we entered North Dakota.

Jamestown, North Dakota

I want to preface this with saying that there is NOTHING in North Dakota. I drove through Fargo upon entering North Dakota, and after that it has been flat land, farms, and factories. We eventually stopped to get some subs to eat for dinner and we landed at a Holiday Inn right off of the highway. My goal for tomorrow is to be staying somewhere in Glacier National Park or very close to it. We have the national parks pass and after tomorrow I finally get to go hiking and take some wild photographs! I look forward to sharing more info as I travel! I will also be happy to take more photos for these road trip blog posts. I knew the first couple days would be difficult to take pictures since we have been spending most of the time in my car. 

Sidenote

If you want to travel somewhere new, whether it be a road trip, flying to a new country, etc…..please make it happen! You owe it to yourselves to have these experiences, to let your eyes devour new sights and landscapes. You will learn such a vast amount through meeting new people, problem-solving, and realizing just how big the world is….please please get out there. Life is short so you owe it to yourself to make it worth it. Don’t waste your youth!!

 

 

Road Trip to Montana: Day One 5/25/19

Back Out West!

What up Road Trip Warriors!? Clearly from the title of this post, you can tell that I am on a road trip heading out to Montana. More specifically, I am hitting Glacier National Park! I am very excited and in high hopes of getting gorgeous landscape photographs and seeing wildlife. I will be hiking a lot and after spending a few days in Glacier, I will be traveling to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. These three parks are so high on my bucket list and I look forward to sharing all the information and photos that I can!

Following those parks, I am aiming to hit Devil’s Tower in Northeastern Wyoming and the Badlands in South Dakota. I have heard nothing but amazing things about all of these beautiful locations!

Saratoga Springs, NY —-> Elkhart, Indiana

So on day one I was able to make it 706 miles from Saratoga, NY to Elkhart, Indiana. Not much of this section of the trip was new for me. When I drove out to Colorado around this time last year, the route was roughly the same up until this point. We drove by Buffalo, NY, through Pennsylvania, by Cleveland, Ohio, and a couple hours later, halfway across Indiana. It is a long day of driving, but with the right tunes and company, it makes for a good time.

I was able to take a picture from the Ohio visitor center that I liked a bit. It is not much as of right now, but it was 87 degrees out, the sun was shining, and I could not have been happier.

Ohio Visitor Center

Tomorrow…the Windy City

The route I am going takes me right through Chicago. Judging by pictures and what I have been told, its a really cool city! I am just hoping that the traffic is tolerable…If not, I will pass the time by singing poorly to irritate my buddy, Chris.

My goal by the end of the day tomorrow is to be near Bismarck, North Dakota or past it. That means I will have to travel through Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota…should be light work for a Road Trip Warrior such as I! I look forward to sharing updates tomorrow and keeping a log of where I am at. I will hopefully have more pictures to share as well. Thanks for taking the time to read! Feel free to comment and hit the follow button to keep up with the adventure pics!

-Ant

St. Regis Mountain of the Saranac 6ers

Saranac 6er Number Three!

My buddy and I tagged St. Regis Mountain, another Saranac 6er, the first weekend of May. It is an absolutely beautiful fire-tower hike with the trailhead being near Paul Smith’s College. It is also another great hike to do while waiting for the end of mud season in the High Peaks region. You can find a bunch of information about this hike below.

Summary of St. Regis Mountain

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 6.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation: 2,874′ above sea level
  • Hiking Time: It took us just under two hours to hit the summit. You could get to the summit faster if you’d like. We didn’t rush. 
  • Photo Opportunities: The summit has amazing views from its open ledges. You’ll be able to see many bodies of water of the Northern Adirondacks as well as the distant High Peaks. You can also get some great shots of the fire-tower and shots from the top of the fire-tower as well. 

Trailhead

The trailhead for St. Regis Mountain is by Paul Smith’s College. It is three miles down Keese Mill Road and the trailhead is on the lefthand side. There is sufficient room to park in the lot and the sign is hard to miss.

St. Regis Trailhead sign

Once you are parked, there is a small arrow that will point you in the direction of a dirt access road. Follow this road for a short trek to find the trailhead sign on your right. As you can see, the trail markers are yellow for this hike.

Be sure to sign in at the trail register. No matter how long or short a hike might be, it is always important to sign in and out.

St. Regis Trail Register

First Section of the Trail..

The first section of the trail is gentle. It almost feels like your casual nature walk with towering trees and it is relatively quiet. You will pass by a pond and eventually find yourself surrounding by towering trees. I thought it was a great place to take some pictures.

St. Regis woods

The elevation does steadily increase as you continue your hike, but there is nothing daunting. The trail never gets that steep until you are closer to the summit.

Stone Staircase and Closer to the Summit

As the trail continues to steepen, you will know that you’re close to the summit when you hit the stone staircases. It is a really cool spot and if you take a second to glance behind you, you’ll notice some bodies of water in the distance.

Stone stairs on St. Regis

Summit of St. Regis Mountain

After hiking another fifteen to twenty minutes, you will reach the summit of St. Regis Mountain. There are spectacular views of the Adirondack High Peaks from the cliffs and the fire-tower was recently renovated. I suggest climbing it to get another perspective of the landscape. My buddy and I actually fell asleep in the sun on the summit of St. Regis for a good twenty minutes. Safe to say that our faces got a little sunburnt. There is more than enough room on this summit to find your own space and chill. We stayed up there for a good hour taking pictures and hanging in the sun.

Views of ADK High Peaks

As you can see in the photo directly above, St. Regis rewards you with a beautiful skyline of the Adirondack High Peaks in the distance.

Getting Back to the Trailhead/Parking

This trail is an out-and-back trail so you are just going to hike out the same way you hiked in. It didn’t take us more than an hour-and-a-half to get back to my car. Just pay attention and watch your footing, Once you get down the stone staircases, its a straight-forward nature walk from there. 

Dog-Friendly

This hike is dog-friendly. We saw a few hanging out on the summit with us trying to get everyone to give them snacks. They seemed to be enjoying the day. A dog would have no issue with this hike. Just remember to bring the pup extra water and food since the round-trip trek is 6.6. miles.

Fam-Friendly

Besides the length of 6.6 miles, this hike is family friendly. We saw some young children on the summit and they seemed to be enjoying the food that their parents gave them. I’d say that you’d want to be in decent shape to do this hike though whether you are an adult or a child. 

Clothes Worn

  • Timberland Boots
  • Nike Compression Leggings
  • Athletic shorts
  • Adidas joggers 
  • Athletic T-shirt
  • Athletic long sleeve top
  • Beanie

Gear Brought

  • 3L of water
  • Almonds and peanut butter sandwiches
  • Wind/Rain pants
  • LL Bean Winter Jacket 
  • Extra layers (UnderArmour)
  • Extra hiking socks
  • Knife
  • Paracord and two carabiners
  • Water-proof matches
  • LifeStraw (water filtration, costs about $20)
  • Hand Warmers
  • Trekking poles
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Garmin inReach (satellite device that has a GPS, can send texts, send SOS, and has many other helpful features)

RTW Note

Thanks for checking out this post! Please share it if you know someone else trying to find a nice hike in the Adirondacks that isn’t overly strenuous and offers a great reward. If you found this post to be helpful, hit the like button, gimme a follow, and comment if you have anything that you would like to share! Half-way done with the Saranac 6ers!

On another note, I leave this Saturday morning for a big two week trip out west! I am driving and I am going to visit Glacier, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Badlands National Parks! I will be blogging everyday sharing updates of where I am at and the photos I have taken. I am hoping I can get some quality shots as well as sharing as much information as I can. I look forward to keeping you all updated!

-Ant

 

Five Easy Day Hikes in New York

New York Hiking

What’s going on Road Trip Warriors!? New York State offers some of the best hiking in the Northeast with mountainous landscapes such as the Adirondacks and the Catskills. Some of the hikes in these mountains are more rigorous than others. I wanted to share what I believe to be five easy day hikes in New York. None of these hikes have a round trip distance of greater than eight miles, and they offer great outdoor experiences for all ages.

Overlook Mountain (Catskills)

  • Distance: 4.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation: 3,140′
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate depending on fitness level.
  • Dog-friendly: This hike is dog-friendly.
  • Photo opportunities: The abandoned hotel is very cool to explore. We had a great time walking through its ruins in the snow.

This was one of the few hikes I have done in the Catskills and we did it in the snow. This hike had its pros and cons. One of the major cons was that it lacked the feeling of being secluded in the woods. Power lines were visible while we made our way along the trail. Another con that we did not have to deal with is the presence of snakes. Apparently this area is well-known for having many rattlesnakes. If you choose to hike this mountain during warmer weather, be careful.

One of the major pros of this hike was exploring the abandoned hotel (Overlook Mountain House). The ruins of the building are being reclaimed by nature and it was thought-invoking knowing that people had walked through the former hotel back in the 1920s.

Overlook Mountain

Kane Mountain (Southern Adirondacks)

  • Distance: 1 mile round trip
  • Elevation: 2,200′
  • Difficulty: Very easy
  • Dog-friendly: This hike is dog-friendly. I don’t know how anyone feels about bringing their pet up the fire-tower though.
  • Photo opportunities: The only place you will be able to get scenic photos is from the top of the fire-tower. The summit of Kane Mountain is heavily wooded.

Kane Mountain is one of the easiest hikes in the Southern Adirondacks. It is about a half mile to the summit, and the views from the fire-tower aren’t too bad. You’ll need to ascend the fire-tower to get a good lookout of the surrounding area. It should not take you more than twenty to thirty minutes to summit.

Kane Mountain

Hadley Mountain (Southern Adirondacks)

  • Distance: 3.7 (about) miles round trip
  • Elevation: 2,654′
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Dog-friendly: This hike is dog-friendly.
  • Photo opportunities: There are some cool spots as you get towards the summit to take photos. The summit itself is not wooded, and there is a fire-tower. You can get great photographs from just about anywhere on the summit.

This was another one of my first hikes that made me fall in love with getting out into the woods. The hike itself is a good workout, but not too strenuous. The summit has 360º views and a fire-tower that can be climbed.

Hadley Mountain

Sleeping Beauty (Southern Adirondacks)

  • Distance: Varies from 5 to 7.5 miles depending where you park.
  • Elevation: 2,347′
  • Difficulty: Moderate (only because of distance)
  • Dog-friendly: This hike is dog-friendly.
  • Photo opportunities: The summit offers beautiful views of Lake George. Although the summit does not offer 360º views, it is still well worth the trek.

This was one of the first few hikes I went on before I started doing bigger ones. The distance is enough for a good workout, it is not too strenuous, and the vantage point of Lake George in the distance is astounding.

Sleeping Beauty

Goodluck Cliffs (Southern Adirondacks)

  • Distance: Roughly 5 miles
  • Elevation:
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate depending on fitness level.
  • Dog-friendly: This hike is dog-friendly.
  • Photo opportunities: Once you reach the cliffs, you get sweeping views of the Southern Adirondacks. There is plenty of space on the cliffs for photographs.

This was a spontaneous hike that I did with a friend. This hike is great if you are looking for a trail that will make you sweat, is not too long, and offers a great place to chill out and eat snacks with a view. It was fun sitting at the edge of the cliffs taking in the sea of green trees of the Southern Adirondacks.

Goodluck Cliffs

RTW Note

Thank you for taking the time to check out this post about five easy day hikes in New York. Each one of these hikes offers something unique and they are all worth it. I highly recommend these hikes to any hiker whether they be novice or experienced. Remember to always leave no trace and respect other hikers on the trail. If you enjoyed this post, hit the like/follow button, comment, and share it with others if you found it helpful! As always, looking forward to sharing more!

-Ant

Kaaterskill Falls: 230 Feet of Falling Water!!

Rippin a Quick Trip to Kaaterskill Falls

What up Road Trip Warriors!? This past Sunday (11/11/18), my brother and I were limited on time. Despite this, we still found an adventure we could go on an hour and a half south of us in the Catskills of NY. We had both heard great reviews of a waterfall by the name of Kaaterskill Falls. The hike was relatively short and we could get in done in a few hours. Needless to say, we packed our bags quickly and left the house around 7:00 AM. This waterfall was unreal…

Short Summary of The Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy – Slightly Moderate
  • Distance: Roughly 2 miles (.5 miles to the lower falls, .5 miles to the viewing platform above the falls)
  • Photo Opportunities: Bastion Falls (waterfall at trailhead), lower falls area, base of the upper falls a little ways up from the lower falls, the viewing platform above the upper falls
  • Note: there was a lot of ice, be careful not to slip on any rocks or frozen stairs

Palenville & The Trailhead

Driving along route 23A you will pass through a small town by the name of Palenville. As you keep moving along, you will end up on a beautiful scenic byway. It winds its way through the woods with small waterfalls and creeks on your flanks. As you near the parking area you will see Bastion Falls and this is where the trailhead starts. Just witnessing these falls from the car is a wonderful sight to see. Another minute up the road from Bastion Falls is the parking area. Please take note that to get to the trailhead, you will have to walk down route 23A and cross the road. The road is a bit windy so be sure to eye for any traffic! We absolutely cannot have Road Trip Warriors getting injured!

Bastion Falls – The Start of Your Trek

Immediately at the trailhead of the hike you encounter a rather appealing waterfall, Bastion Falls. The water falls about 70′ and has three drops within the waterfall itself. The sign-in sheet is by the falls and taking pictures of these falls is a must in my opinion.

Bastion Falls

You’ll hike along the right side of these falls following the trail markers. This is a rather developed trail with stairs and it is also heavily trafficked. For that reason, I am not going to delve into the trail itself, photos of signs along the trail, etc.

Lower Kaaterskill Falls

After an easy half-mile of hiking, you will be at the lower falls part of the hike. As you approach, if you are anything like me, you will find these falls impressive to say the least. The water was running heavily, crashing into the pools below them like thunder. The wind at the falls whipped mist in the air freezing the nearest plant-life. The icicles hanging around the upper falls seemed to shine. I recommend going around this time of year just to witness something as beautiful as this.

Me Looking at Lower Falls

Continuing Along the Trail: Base of The Upper Falls

Right next to the lower falls, you will notice stairs that you will need to ascend to reach the upper falls. Not far up the stairs, to your left, will be a path to the pool of the upper falls. Unfortunately, this path was completely frozen and extremely slick. I did not have crampons with me so I decided that the pictures were not worth the risk of myself or my brother getting hurt. On the bright side, I was able to take a photo of the path with some frozen crystals in it!

Icicles Next to Cable Railing

The Viewing Platform Above The Upper Falls

After checking this area out you will continue onward to ascend up the stairs following the trail markers. The trail does level out not long after the stairs and some hiking. One of my favorite parts of this hike was the bridge we crossed before reaching the viewing platform. 

Bridge to Viewing Platform

After crossing this bridge, you will find a sign pointing in the direction of the viewing platform. From the viewing platform, you are rewarded with an impressive vantage point of the upper falls of Kaaterskill Falls. It is worth the mile hike, I promise.

Upper Falls From Viewing Platform

As you can see, these falls are quite amazing. In fact, this picture does do Kaaterskill Falls the justice it deserves. So go visit! Just make sure to follow leave no trace principles!

Descent

This is self-explanatory as you will go back the way the same way you hiked in. There are other trails in the area that go off of this trail if you wish to explore further.

Dog-friendly

This hike is dog-friendly and I did see dogs on this trail. Please keep them close there are drop-offs near the base of the upper-falls if you decide to go there. 

Family-Friendly

This hike is definitely family friendly. It is a well-developed and highly-trafficked trail. With a distance of only two miles round trip, it is very doable. Children would definitely marvel at the sight of these tall falls. 

Gear Brought & Clothes Worn

I will keep this concise since it is a short hike. I brought a liter of water, some snacks, extra layers for the cold, and a first-aid kit. I dressed in warm attire since it is now heading towards winter. Just make sure you dress appropriately for the weather and have some water and snacks. A first-aid kit is always a good item to carry as well no matter how easy and short the hike. 

History

The falls area was purchased in the 1820s by Peter Schutt where he built a platform and cabin at the top. Up here, refreshments were sold to visitors. In 1852, Schutt added a 50-visitor boarding house and named it the Laurel House. During the 19th century, many people visited Kaaterskill Falls. Among these individuals were painters, poets, and writers. Due to this, the Laurel House increased its size in 1881 to hold 300 visitors. 

The Laurel House was closed in 1963. The NYSDEC bought the building and falls in 1965. The hotel burned in 1967 and now only parts of its rock foundation remain. 

RTW Note

I hope you found this helpful and enjoyed the pictures. Kaaterskill Falls was absolutely worth the drive. These falls have an interesting history and it is easy see why painters, writers, and poets traveled here to spark creativity. Keep on adventuring Road Trip Warriors and keep those trails clean! 

Don’t forget to like this post (if you liked it), comment your thoughts, and hit the follow button to see more awesome pictures and hiking tips!

-Ant

 

Two Days and One Night in Boulder, CO: Hiking, Bars, and Haunted Hotel History

My First Road Trip (Spring 2018)

What’s happening Road Trip Warriors!? I have never written about it, but this past spring I went on a road trip. My buddy and I drove from Upstate New York to Colorado. We would stop and explore along the way in different states and cities. This trip led me to my favorite place in the United States which would be Boulder, Colorado. It was unplanned, but we ended up staying two days and one night in this scenic city. I wanted to share with you some of the endless fun you can have in Boulder in a short period of time.

Day One

After driving for two-and-a-half days, we were close to Boulder, CO. As we approached, the Flatirons towered above us and the snow-capped Rocky Mountains painted a scenic landscape in the far distance. Our destination was Pearl Street Mall. This street is a destination known for its shops and restaurants. After getting lost in the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder, we finally found Pearl Street and parked my car.

After being in the car for the past eight hours, we were starving. Our stomachs found solace at West Flanders Brewing Co. located right on Pearl Street. This restaurant is a Belgian-inspired brewpub that brews their unique beer right on Pearl Street Mall. I unfortunately did not try any of these drinks as I still had to drive. The food we ordered was reasonably priced and tasted great. We enjoyed beautiful weather and were able to people watch while eating. We had not even explored much, and I was already in love with the city.

Hotel Boulderado

After eating, I came to the realization that we needed to find a place to stay. I did some mobile research whilst exploring Boulder and came across the Hotel Boulderado. It is a historic hotel where the original building stands five stories tall with impressive brick walls. The exterior of the Hotel Boulderado boasts extraordinary towers with tall windows. This beautiful structure was finished being built in 1909 after roughly three years of construction. The fifth floor was completed in 1910. 

Boulderado

I wish I had taken a better picture of this building, but we had so many things planned on this road trip that the idea of photographing this building flew over my head. 

There were more interesting details about the Hotel Boulderado that I had found online. This building is said to be haunted. Apparently in rooms 302 and 304, a suicide took place where a man chloroformed himself. The fifth floor is also said to be haunted where a woman in white has been known to roam the halls. After observing the magnificent exterior and reading the history of this place, I made a reservation for the night.

The parking was not included in the room cost and it added $20 to the cost. The service that I received at this hotel made it well worth it. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Once in the lobby, I was amazed by the wooden staircase and Italian stained-glass ceiling. We were able to take the old Otis elevator up to the second floor by one of the hotel attendants. 

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Our room that we were provided was not in the original structure and part of a newer addition to the hotel. So I unfortunately have no stories of my pal and I finding any ghosts. After we brought our gear into our room, we decided that we would go out and see what the bars were like in Boulder.

Bars

There are numerous bars in downtown Boulder. Some of these bars include The Bitter Bar, World Famous Dark Horse Bar & Grill, West End Tavern, and Pearl Street Pub & Cellar. There are countless other bars as well. Now, we only ended up going to one bar as we were exhausted from traveling the prior two-and-a-half days. I am extremely disappointed to admit that I do not even remember the bar’s name. What I can tell you is this…..I had a great time, the bartender gave me a free mystery shot, and I had the liquid courage to leave her my number on my receipt. I still have yet to hear from her….but I am sure she will reach out soon enough! My friend and I agree that I ran into trouble when she asked what our plans were for the night and my response was “we are gonna hike the Flatirons.” 

After embarrassing myself, we hit the hay back at the Boulderado. 

Day Two

We woke up early and checked out so we would have time to shop on Pearl Street and hike the Flatirons (the Flatirons are going to have their own post). Pearl Street Mall on a sunny day is absolutely gorgeous. 

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There are plenty of places to grab breakfast on this street and it has some of the most unique stores I have been to. One of my favorite stores was the Boulder Book Store. It is a three-level bookstore that hosts over 100,000 titles. In 2018 it won the Publishers Weekly Bookstore of The Year award. We bought a bunch of Boulder souvenirs here like the tourists we are. 

Pearl Street Mall Bookstore

Another store that I really enjoyed was one that my brother had texted me about. It was called Rocket Fizz. It is basically a large candy store, but what grabbed my attention was the classic arcade games in the back of the store. It had Donkey Kong, Super Mario, and more. It is always fun to play games that bring you back to your childhood. 

After spending a little bit more time on Pearl Street, we headed to my car to hit the road. We had planned to hike the Flatiron mountains nearby and needed to stock up at Target. All in all, Boulder is my favorite city in the United States. That is not an exaggeration either. It has just about everything an individual could desire. It contains outdoor activities, great food and bars, unique shops, and friendly people. I have considered moving here one day, but I have more places to explore before I ultimately decided where I would like to live.

RTW Note

If you are thinking about taking a road trip, even a short one, do it. The experience that you will have is one that you will never forget. The photos, the people you meet, the places you explore…that is what you are going to remember in your life. I have to be honest and upfront. I would be lying to you all if I said I was not nervous about driving across the country on my own with a buddy. I will tell you this…getting out of your comfort zone is conducive to maturing and learning who you are as an individual. I already have another road trip planned for this Spring and I am much more confident in my capabilities because I was able to get out of my comfort zone. So in conclusion, I encourage you to adventure as much and as often as you can! Keep exploring Road Trip Warriors!

-Ant

Arethusa Falls: 160 Feet Of Cascading Water

An Hour Hike to a Magnificent Waterfall

Road Trip Warriors, what is good!? I know I recently posted about my Franconia Ridge hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, but that was not the only adventure we went on! On Saturday (10/13/18), we were waiting out the dismal weather before we went on an adventure. Our initial plan was to hike Mount Washington, but it was so overcast that I decided it be best to do the Arethusa Falls Trail once the weather let up. My goal is to hike Mount Washington where I will be able to appreciate the views it offers, but I digress. Arethusa Falls was legendary and a great reward for only an hour hike.

Short Summary of Arethusa Falls

  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Distance: Roughly 3 miles
  • Average Hiking Time: 2 hours (if only doing Arethusa Falls)

Crawford Notch State Park

Arethusa Falls is located in Crawford Notch State Park and it is beautiful. On our way to the park we passed the Mount Washington Resort, and the Conway Scenic Notch Train Station. Given the chance, I would love to have a ride this beautiful train through the White Mountains. For more information on this train click on this link: Conway Scenic Railroad.

Within Crawford Notch State Park, you can also find the Willey House. It is a historic location where you can shop for souvenirs, get some food/coffee, and take in the scenery. A brief history on the Willey House:

  • Built in the late 18th century or early 19th century
  • In 1825, became the homestead of Samuel Willey, Jr. and his family where the house was operated as an inn to accommodate travelers passing through the mountains
  • August, 1826, a violent storm hit the area. The family left the house to escape the storm, but they were buried when a landslide hit. Nine people perished in this landslide, including the Willey family. The house remained untouched from this landslide and has now become an area for picnicking, photography, and plentiful hiking in the area. Sources: newhampshire.com , robertballhughes.com

Trailhead/Parking

The trailhead is very easy to find as there is a large wooden sign that says “Arethusa Falls.” This sign will be easily visible while driving along route 302, otherwise known as Crawford Notch Road. This is the sign for those whom would like to know what it looks like.

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The lot here is pretty large, but I would still get here earlier in the day as it seemed like a popular hike in the area. This makes sense as it is only a one hour hike to the tallest waterfall in New Hampshire. In the parking lot, there are cliffs that tower above. We had the luck of seeing the trees under the cliffs in various shades of color. It made for a picturesque view.

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The Hike

So, from the large lot where you pull in, there is a paved road that you will walk up. You will walk across the train tracks and the trail will be on your left. Take advantage of the train tracks because it can make for some great photographs.

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Once you are on the trail itself, it is VERY easy to follow. This is due to the blue markers on the trees and the fact that many people hike this daily. There is also pretty prevalent signage along the way.

While trekking, you’ll notice that there is not much elevation gain or loss and you will cross two bridges along the way.

After these two bridges, there will be one more sign stating that Arethusa Falls is only .2 miles away. The trail drops down to the base of Arethusa Falls and this part can get pretty crowded. Be sure to be courteous and safe.

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Arethusa Falls

Arethusa Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state of New Hampshire. The water cascades down a large stone face and it is absolutely beautiful. The water falls 160 feet (some websites say 140 feet, others say 200 feet) making the waterfall that much more dramatic. There was plenty of room to walk around despite the crowd, and my brother and I eventually found a spot to sit and eat. We even had the opportunity to take pictures of the falls with no one else in the background!

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Dog-Friendly

We saw numerous dogs on this trail. There is absolutely no difficult spot for a dog and it seemed that they enjoyed the waterfall. The one dog we watched seemed to be more interested in chasing a squirrel than anything. 

Family-Friendly

My brother and I saw people of all ages hiking this trail. As mentioned, it is only an hour hike to the falls. The total mileage for the hike in its entirety (there and back) is roughly 3 miles. My brother and I did it in about two hours and that was with stopping at the falls to eat and take pictures. 

Gear/Clothes Worn

I am not going to put a long list here since this is a relatively short and safe hike. Just make sure you are dressed for the weather, bring some snacks and enough water. Carrying a first-aid kit doesn’t hurt either if you have children with you that may get a scrape. It ended up raining on us so it is always good to have a rain jacket as well even if the chance of rain is slim. 

RTW Note

I hope all you Road Trip Warriors enjoyed this post about Arethusa Falls. She truly is a beauty in the White Mountains. I will always encourage outdoor activities because of the great exercise and the fun stories that come from it. Please remember “Leave No Trace” principles and encourage environmental protection. Keep on exploring, hiking, and rippin peaks!

-Ant