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Tim&Val
06-25-2008, 08:19 PM
This weekend, we had the pleasure of hiking with my sister, Debi, and her entire family!

Larry wanted to photograph some waterfalls and the kids *always* love to be near the water, so we decided on a loop from the Basin up to Lonesome Lake, then down to Lafayette Campground, then back to the Basin parking lot via the Pemi Trail.

Well, the weather report stunk, but we got all the "sight-seeing" on Cascade Brook in early (read as: before the rain started).

The kids really liked the waterfalls and the rapids, and they really liked the hut. The miles of walking in between and after, in the rain, probably not so much.

Overall, everyone still remained in good spirits!

http://www.barkeater.ws/nh48/images/cascadebrook/20080622/cascadebrookframes.htm

Valerie

Caffeine Addict
06-25-2008, 08:38 PM
great pictures Valerie thanks for sharing ill have to check it out sometime


joe

mtruman
06-25-2008, 09:28 PM
Bring them back in July when they can soak in the "cold Jacuzzis" and they'll love it even more. Too bad the rain had to get in the way this time but sounds like everything worked out well anyway. Love to see the kids getting out and enjoying being in the mountains.

KD Talbot
06-25-2008, 09:32 PM
Family outings can be the best outings! Great TR and pics as always! We need to get together on the trails sometime.

KDT

Bretton Woods Brat
06-26-2008, 06:39 AM
Val,
Your pictures brought back memories, did that trail with my parents as a child. Thanks for sharing!

donnellyvj
06-26-2008, 08:57 AM
That is some sweet erosion and great pics. That spot reminds me of the Bolton Potholes (VT off Rt 100). I went to school for Geology. I like rocks.

JimS
06-26-2008, 07:40 PM
It really is a great hike to do with families...interesting the whole way. That stream in gorgeous from start to finish.

You are correct with the flower identifications...

Great report! Puts me right there!

RI Swamp Yankee
06-26-2008, 09:21 PM
Great shots of the water and rocks! Makes me want to stick my feet in it. (No comments about how much water polution that would cause. :rolleyes: )

Tim&Val
06-27-2008, 04:14 PM
Great shots of the water and rocks! Makes me want to stick my feet in it. (No comments about how much water polution that would cause. :rolleyes: )

We seriously considered it, but it was still early in the trip! There were even a few holes where the water would have been deep enough for real swimming - but of course, it was VERY cold!!

Valerie

P.S. Jim, thank you much for the confirmation on the flowers!

mtruman
06-27-2008, 06:58 PM
There are definitely good places for the kids to get wet! This has been one of my daughters favorite spots when we go to NH since she was little. This was what I meant by the "cold Jaccuzi" -

http://lh5.ggpht.com/mtruman42/SGVusjYBWPI/AAAAAAAAB2g/EfKIF3X_4YU/s800/060801-155056.jpg

And then there's the water slide...

http://lh3.ggpht.com/mtruman42/SGVutJyxYqI/AAAAAAAAB2o/rieM7jMdqvc/s800/060801-161226.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/mtruman42/SGVuSXARPVI/AAAAAAAAB2Y/fULLW7wIWKE/s800/060801-161346.jpg

Of course these were on a really hot day in August which is probably the only time you could do this without freezing :eek:

Brad
06-27-2008, 07:26 PM
Mark, are your pictures from Cascade Brook also?

mtruman
06-27-2008, 07:30 PM
Mark, are your pictures from Cascade Brook also?

Yes - this is along the Basin-Cascade trail about 1/2 mile or so above the basin.

Brad
06-27-2008, 07:42 PM
Here is a picture of the traiil and pond. where do you come in to and where is the basin?

http://images39.fotki.com/v1232/photos/8/8235/242566/CascadeBrook-vi.jpg

KD Talbot
06-27-2008, 08:21 PM
The trail starts at the Basin in Franconia Notch. You can park on either side of the highway, there's a tunnel under. You can also park at The Flume and take the Whitehouse Trail to Cascade Brook Trail. It's all in Franconia Notch State Park.

Not sure where you pulled the map up from, but that is about 20-30 miles southeast in Ashland. It shows the area along the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail on Mount Morgan.

KDT

Tim&Val
06-27-2008, 09:08 PM
Not sure where you pulled the map up from, but that is about 20-30 miles southeast in Ashland. It shows the area along the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail on Mount Morgan.
KDT

Not to hijack, but that map is right near our house. Lots of good dinners came from Perch Pond!! Lots of moose sightings too!

Mark, your pictures are awesome!! I'll make sure that the kids see them... I'm sure we'll be back there in August if they do!

V

Brad
06-28-2008, 08:14 AM
The trail starts at the Basin in Franconia Notch. You can park on either side of the highway, there's a tunnel under. You can also park at The Flume and take the Whitehouse Trail to Cascade Brook Trail. It's all in Franconia Notch State Park.

Not sure where you pulled the map up from, but that is about 20-30 miles southeast in Ashland. It shows the area along the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail on Mount Morgan.

KDT
Ha, the map I posted above is for the Cascade Trail!

This image has the Basin at the top and Flume at the bottom. the Whitehouse trail runs north and south to the right of the highway by the work RAMP to the left of The Pool. Roughly along there where would the falls be?

http://images38.fotki.com/v1221/photos/8/8235/242566/CascadeBrook1-vi.jpg

My grandsons re very interested in seeing how many falls we can visit in one day!

KD Talbot
06-28-2008, 08:48 AM
If you park at the Flume and take Whitehouse there is some walking to do before reaching any falls, but if you park at either ramp at The Basin you'll start seeing falls almost immediately. If you count the Basin as falls, which they are, you're about you're only about 100 yds from the parking area on the southbound side. It's a great place to visit with kids. The trail to the falls in all the pictures is right near the Basin itself. Weekends will be crowded. Enjoy!

KDT

Edit: Hey, if you want to make a day out of it and get in some climbing exercise for STP I highly suggest Indian Head (Pemigewasset) as a kid friendly climb. Also, a loop could be made up Basin Cascades to Lonesome Lake and back, also very kid friendly. Cheers!

donnellyvj
06-28-2008, 09:15 AM
Where is this great spot???

Debi
06-28-2008, 09:58 AM
Mark - I showed your pictures to the kids. Their eyes got big and they said "isn't it scary to slide down that". Then they got really excited about the prospect. May have to hike it again when it get warmer with less thunder. Thanks for the pics

Brad
06-28-2008, 11:03 AM
Where is this great spot???
Here is a map showing Lonesome Lake. this is all in Franconia Notch.

http://images38.fotki.com/v1218/photos/8/8235/242566/CascadeBrook2-vi.jpg

mtruman
06-29-2008, 04:59 PM
Mark - I showed your pictures to the kids. Their eyes got big and they said "isn't it scary to slide down that". Then they got really excited about the prospect. May have to hike it again when it get warmer with less thunder. Thanks for the pics

Glad it got them excited. Not really too scary once you're there - especially when other kids are doing it.

There's another really good spot for a "natural water park" at Lower Falls on the Swift River. It is a few miles west of Conway on the Kancagagus. There is a parking area right next to the road so it is really easy access on a hot day - no long hike required. The down side is that it tends to be really crowded but it's worth it when the kids are hot. The river is usually running pretty good here even in the middle of summer. There are several long "rock water slides" and a good swimming hole at the bottom with rocks to jump off of. A bit less tame than Cascade Brook and even the adults get in on this one. Here's my thrill seeking daughter again (this was when she was 9). Thankfully she and my wife don't aver use the camera so there are no pictures of me doing this...

http://lh6.ggpht.com/mtruman42/SGbYG4lIrmI/AAAAAAAAB4M/RKbRLa5szZY/s800/040812-174500.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/mtruman42/SGbYHZ_eZsI/AAAAAAAAB34/9jqMDxrOGeg/s800/040812-174504.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/mtruman42/SGbYGdifMyI/AAAAAAAAB4I/wdjDrlkDtkY/s800/040812-174102.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/mtruman42/SGbYF99m9vI/AAAAAAAAB4E/cd5Rl3hK760/s800/040812-173836.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/mtruman42/SGbYyYqgphI/AAAAAAAAB4g/X4T_u3KQkjY/s800/Swift%20River%20Lower%20Falls.jpg

Debi
06-29-2008, 09:19 PM
Thanks for the info, may need to check it out. I bet they would love it.
-debi

Acrophobe
06-29-2008, 09:32 PM
Thankfully she and my wife don't aver use the camera so there are no pictures of me doing this...


I'm sure it's more masculine then it looks...;)

But I love that spot too, especially after a long and hot hike.