Spring Waterfall Hikes!
This past weekend Tim and Samara went hiking to four different wonderful waterfalls! The first day we set out on the Kancamagus Highway (route 112) and hiked up to Sabbaday Falls. This is an easy .5 mile loop hike with a fantastic ending. It’s a perfect hike for families with young children or anyone who wants an easy walk in the woods and has great spots to enjoy a picnic. There are interesting and interpretive signs by the falls that will tell you all about the geological features and glacial activity from long ago. Next we headed to Champney Falls. This hike was a little longer and moderate at 3.5 mile loop. As you hike up don’t miss the large boulder on your right with the Hemlock and Birch trees growing right up over it! When you arrive at Champney Falls there is a large rectangular boulder at the base of the falls that’s great for
sitting and having a picnic…that’s what we did! Bring your guide book and identify the hobblebush, shiny club moss and striped maple trees that surround you on the trail.
The next day Tim and Samara headed to Crawford Notch. We started at the Arethusa Falls and traversed over to Ripley Falls and walked on the road back to our car for a full over 8 mile loop! Arethusa Falls is the tallest waterfall in NH! You will have fun at both falls climbing around on boulders and relaxing by the rushing waters. If you have small children or are looking for shorter hikes I would recommend hiking to Arethusa Falls, heading back to your car and driving to the trailhead for Ripley Falls, hiking into that and back out. The traverse across is a moderate hike with a lot of root exposure and eroding areas with steep banks. Also when you arrive at Ripley there is a river crossing which requires some good experience!
Be sure to bring your bird identification book with you! There are many birds out there on the trail. Tim and I heard many downy woodpeckers on both days we hiked. It was exciting to hear them and catch a glimpse as they hopped around trees pecking away to find bugs for snacks!
Spring time is the best time for any of these waterfalls, the water is rushing from the winter melt off, the birds are chirping, the trees and flowers are budding all over the forest. One of the most relaxing things to do here is sit by the water and listen to it rushing by, White Mountains Hostel is a big fan of this experience!