Mount Willey & Ripley Falls
This was my second time hiking Mount Willey just on a different trail. I chose this trail because it offered a view of Ripley Falls that I had been meaning to see, but had yet to make my way to see it.
This trail started out very gradual with a very relaxed incline. The trail became very steep once the trail changed from "Ethan Pond Trail" to "Willey Range Trail." It was extremely rocky and steep and wouldn't be good for a beginner, young children or dogs. Closer to the top there is a set of ladders that have to be climbed up. This is definitely a attraction to the trail and are very cool for sure, but they are very steep and could be potentially very dangerous.
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At the top of this 4,000 footer there is a spectacular view of the presidential range if you are lucky enough to get up there on a clear day. We were able to get a pretty good view, but the clouds rolled and and we were unable to get a clear view of the presidential range.
Mt. Willey commemorates the Willey Slide of 1826 in which a landslide wiped out the family of settler Samuel Willey Jr.
This trail was a challenge, but very rewarding once the summit is reached. It's also another 4,000 footer checked off the list! Woot woot. Another one bites the dust and another climb closer to completing the 48 of New Hampshire.
Mt. Willey & Ripley Falls:
Elevation Gain: 3,045 feet
Location: Crawford Notch off from Route 302. Trail Head parking at Ripley Falls.
Distance: 6.3 miles
Time Frame: 3-5 hours
Elevation: 4,285 Ft.
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