Whether you are looking to hike to arethusa falls, ripley falls, or both, this post will help you with all of the information you need.
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Ripley falls is a 100 foot waterfall in Hart’s Location of Crawford Notch New Hampshire. Gorgeous in all seasons, the short hike can be completed by individuals of all fitness levels.
Ripley Falls Trail
This trail is 1.2 miles out and back (.6 each way) from the parking lot of 302 in Crawford Notch. It doesn’t gain too much elevation, so the hike to Ripley Falls can be done by almost anyone who is willing to work a little bit for an awesome waterfall. This is a well traveled trail.
How long does it take to hike to Ripley Falls?
Hiking to Ripley Falls is only a 10-20 minute hike to the falls, for a roundtrip total of 20-40 minutes for the average hiker. (The 100 foot waterfall is spectacular)
This is a 140 foot waterfall, from the Bemis Brook in Crawford Notch State Park. It is the second largest waterfall in the state, making it a must see for waterfall lovers. It can flow heavy during certain periods, but can also have low flow in certain months. In the winter, the falls freeze over, making for an incredibly beautiful ice wall.
Arethusa Falls Trail
This Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail (1.3 each way) from 302 in Crawford Notch. It is a relatively gradual elevation gain all the way to the falls. This is a well traveled trail.
How long does it take to hike to Arethusa Falls?
This should take 25-35 minutes each way for the average hiker.
Trails to the Arethusa
Hikers can choose to take the Bemis Brook Trail, or the Arethusa Falls Trail. Both are almost equal in length and difficulty. The Bemis Brook trail stays closer to Bemis Brook for a short period of time, so if you like rivers, definitely check out this path.
Combining Both Falls: Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail
The hike from Ripley Falls to Arethusa Falls via the Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail is not only gorgeous, but is relatively easy. It is doable for all experience levels, and there is plenty of parking right off of route 302 in Crawford Notch. Hiking just Ripley Falls is the easiest route. Arethusa is a little longer distance, but if you want your moneys worth, we recommend doing them both.
There is a 1.2 mile trail between Arethusa and Ripley Falls. It can be accessed right from Ripley Falls and only about .1 miles from Arethusa Falls. This trail is far less traveled than Ripley Falls Trail or Arethusa Falls Trail. It features a relatively thin path most of the way with a few quick elevation gain and loss sections between the two falls. This trail can be pretty muddy during wet times.
The entire loop will turn out to be 6.5 miles and will involve walking along 302 to get back to your car, taking the railroad tracks back to the other trailhead (my personal favorite) or you can trace your steps back the same way you came.
Ripley falls is at around 1,800 feet and the trailhead is at an elevation of 1,450 feet. This results in an elevation gain of around 350 feet.
Directions and Parking
Both parking lots are conveniently located off of 302 in Crawford Notch. The lots can get busy, but you can always find a spot on the side of the road if necessary.
Arethusa Falls Trailhead Address:
The Trailhead is located off of 302 (Crawford Notch Road). The parking area is marked clearly by a large sign.
Ripley Falls Trailhead:
The trailhead is located off of 302 only a couple of miles away from the AMC Highland Center.
Great swimming holes on the Saco are nearby as well as tons of waterfalls, some 4,000 foot hikes and even incredibly gorgeous short day hikes like Mount Willard. Frankenstein Cliff is another short hike option which can be combined with either waterfall, or hiked as a separate trip.
Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
Scattered rain showers between 10am and 2pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 0 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind 0 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
A slight chance of rain showers between 10am and 11am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Northwest wind 0 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. West wind 0 to 5 mph.
A chance of rain showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Pictures of Ripley Falls and Arethusa Falls:
Arethusa is a 300 foot gorgeous waterfall on Bemis Brook. Bemis Brook eventually flows into the Saco River.
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