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.