• M. J. Wild

Lost Pond Trail

This was a short little out and back trail across from the AMC's Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center just North of Jackson N.H. Starts out by crossing the Ellis River over a swampy area and then follows the river to Lost Pond. I thought this would be a easy trail for my boyfriend to hike. He broke his leg and dislocated his ankle back in August and was still recovery from surgery. I really pushed him on this trek. A seemingly easy hike ended up being very challenging. There were lots of rocks and big boulders that we had to climb over and around. It was a brisk day and the cold wind nipped at our faces but it was beautiful out. The challenging obstacles and cold was well worth the view.

Upon reaching the end of the trail we were hoping to cross the river and hike up the Glenn Ellis Falls Trail, but unfortunately it had rained a day or two before and the river was much too high to cross. We walked up the river a little ways to see if there were any safe places to cross, but the river was too high and too fast. If you plan on doing this hike and want to cross the river be sure to do it when the river is low.

My boyfriend was a little dismayed as he was hoping to cross the river and walk back down the road to the parking lot as his leg had become very sore from all the rock climbing. We headed back the way we came instead and we made it back safe and sound.

This was a beautiful trail and very easy. There are lots of big boulders that need to be navigated over and around so be sure to keep that in mind.

"Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and sleep with the Earth." - Walt Whitman

Lost Pond Trail:

Elevation Gain: 282 ft

Location: Near Gorham, N.H. 10 miles north of Jackson

Distance: 1.6 miles out and back

Rating: Easy

Time Frame: 1-2 hours

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." -Rachel Carson

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