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d.b.cooperisalive
10-25-2010, 05:51 PM
Oct 9th my wife and hiked this 4.5 mile loop. It was a beautiful day. I couldn't believe how many hikers were out. There were cars parked everywhere I drove in the vicinity of RT 302. RT 3, and the Kanc. Highway. I just think it is terrific that so many people love hiking in the white mountains. At the age of 55, I just started hiking this year. This was my 18th hike this year. What amazes me most was the amount of volunteer time past and present that made these terrific trails. I really tip my hat to the hard working people who started this huge venture in the 1800's and continued to now. The Arethusa/Frankenstein Cliff loop is such a scenic hike which goes to show you don't have to hike a tall mountain to enjoy hiking in the White Mountains. The views of Crawford Notch off Frankenstein Cliff were terrific. The views were made even better because of the foliage. We lucked out that North Conway Scenic train happened to go by just as we approached the Frankenstein Trestle bridge.

1HappyHiker
10-25-2010, 08:32 PM
The Arethusa/Frankenstein Cliff loop is such a scenic hike which goes to show you don't have to hike a tall mountain to enjoy hiking in the White Mountains.
Very nice Trip Report about a very nice location!

Although I enjoy hiking to the high peaks (and do so on a somewhat frequent basis), I certainly agree wholeheartedly that you don't need to hike the high peaks to get a totally satisfying hiking experience in the Whites. Some of my more memorable hikes have been to low-altitude destinations such as Frankenstein Cliff.

Snow Miser
10-26-2010, 07:53 AM
Nice TR and photos of your hike! I did this one too a few years back and it was very nice. I like the shot of the train going by. That must have been a treat to see. Thanks for sharing!

KD Talbot
10-26-2010, 10:26 AM
Crawford Notch is where it all began. We love it there, so many great hikes and as you say, it doesn't have to be a "Death March" to be totally satisfying. Great pics, looks like you had good water flow for Arethusa. We've been there when it's been both a trickle and a raging cataract. Impressive either way!

KDT

mtruman
10-26-2010, 09:22 PM
Yup, I agree with the others - this is a really nice hike (particularly in the fall with the foliage). The out and back to Arethusa Falls is a nice into snowshoe hike too (one of the first I did when we were first trying winter hiking). Even better if you get some ice climbers on the falls to watch.

KSearl
10-29-2010, 09:44 PM
Hey D.B.,

Very nice pics. Looks like you picked a good day to go. The flow of water looked very nice.

I've never been around to the cliffs, but hope to do the whole loop at some point. Looks like you got some great colors from the notch at the top.

I agree with Bob, the shot of the training going over the trestle is very neat.

Thanks for sharing!
Karl