|View from The Flume Gorge Hike. Photo by Bruce Hansen|
Short and Easy
|Flume Gorge Trail, Photo by Bruce Hansen|
Elephant Head, Crawford Notch State Park - This short walk offers a quick (and slightly steep) uphill stroll to the top of Elephant Head. I recommend parking at the AMC Highland Center, crossing Rt 302 on foot, and walking around Saco "Lake" Trail (0.3 mile) first. This connects to the Elephant Head Spur (0.1 mile). From the top of the "head", you get a view down the scenic notch. This is a perfect place for a picnic. Be aware, rock climbers climb the face below, so don't throw rocks or object over the cliff.
Medium and Moderate
|Summit of South Moat Mountain|
|Hedgehog Mountain, UNH Trail|
Challenging and Longer
|White Mountain Woods in Fall|
perfect place to get continuous views of the multicolored Crawford Notch. The cliff trail can be accessed on Rt. 302, just across the Arethusa Falls trailhead. The Webster Cliff Trail (AT) scrambles a mile to the cliff and traverses over a steep and rocky cliff for another 2 miles. This provides uncomparable views of Crawford Notch and surrounding mountains. Hikers summit Mt Webster (3910 ft) before reaching a cut-off back to the road. I like to continue on the AT, hiking 1.3 miles to summit Mt. Jackson (4052 ft), before dropping back to 302 on the Webster-Jackson Trail. Hikers then have to decide if they are going return back the way they came or continue on the 2.5 miles to the AMC Highland Center where you'll need to get a ride back to your car. As a straight hike from the trailhead to the Highland Center, it is 6.9 miles, but is much more when hiking out and back.
For more information on fall hiking, check out former fall posts:
Fabulous Fall Foliage Family Friendly Hikes
Top Ten Things To Pack For a Fall Hike
Fall is a great time to avoid some of the 4,000 footers that take you into the evergreen-populated "boreal" zone and stick to some of the colorful lower peaks where maples, birch, and beech leaves are red, yellow, and orange. Please leave comments and questions below....
|Franconia - Flume Gorge Trail|