Arethusa Falls & Bemis Brook Trail
This is another one of those trails I have done a bunch of times. This trail is just so beautiful I tell everyone who hasn't been here to come. The waterfall is really amazing. It's actually the tallest waterfall in New Hampshire at around 200 feet tall. It's a little bit of a drive from where I live in Northern Vermont, but not to bad and totally worth it.
I've hiked this trail in the late spring before, but never when the waterfall was still frozen. I was excited to see what it was like this time off year. This is a super popular trail so I recommend getting here as early as possible. The parking lot fills up fast so I suggest getting here at 8 a.m. or earlier.
We picked another amazing day to get out of the house and go for a hike. It was chilly but I knew as soon as I got going I knew I would warm up fast. I always try to dress cold and then add layers as I need them instead of the other way around. It's never fun to take layers off and then have to put them back on all sweaty when you get cold.
This trail is about a 5 mile loop up to Arethusa Falls and then the Frankenstein Cliffs, but today we only went to the falls and back. We ended up going up the Arethusa Falls trail and back down the Bemis Brook trail. The two trails end up coming together so it doesn't really matter which one you go on. If you start by taking the Bemis Brook trail it will be very steep going up.
Arethusa Falls & Bemis Brook
Location: Bartlett, New Hampshire
Distance: 2.8 miles out and back
Time Frame: 1-2 hours
Rating: Easy - Moderate
Elevation Gain: 784 ft.
This is one of my favorite tails that I keep coming back to time and time again. It is beautiful in all seasons of the year. The only downfall about this trail is that it is super popular so getting here early is key. I recommend this trail to newbies and experienced hikers.
" Be brave, take risks. Nothing can substitute experience." Paulo Coelho