Waterville Cascades and Snows Mountain Hike
Half Day Hike DATE: 09/03/2022 - 09/03/2022
Trip/Event Location: Waterville Valley, NH
Max # People: 12
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Join us on this hike to these picturesque cascades in the quaint town of Waterville Valley that make for one of the most enjoyable and rewarding waterfall hikes in New Hampshire! After an easy walk in...
Trailhead and parking area are at the Snow’s Mountain Ski area. Off of I-93, take exit 28 and follow Rt. 49 to Waterville Valley. Continue driving into town passing the Waterville Valley Downhill Ski area road [on your left] and the Athletic Center [on your right]. Take the next right Boulder Path Road, drive 0.5 miles, and look for a large dirt parking area on the right at Snow’s Mountain Ski area. We’ll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma Truck.
We hiked up the Cascade Path that brought us to a beautiful series of seven cascades, falling down the rocky gorge of Cascade Brook! We started on the Cascade Path, which climbed up along a development road, past trophy homes, up an old ski trail, and into the woods. We took a short detour where all of us climbed up Elephant Rock for group photo.
At the base of the falls, we crossed Cascade Brook without any problems and went up the east side of the brook. From here, we were treated with one waterfall after another. I don’t think there is any trail in the White Mountains that displays so many waterfalls in such a short distance!
We were entertained by a group of young boys jumping off ledges into the various swimming holes…so fearless and carefree…living the moment. At one of the last waterfalls, the boys accidentally wrapped the rope swing around a high branch and could not reach it…Jon to the rescue! He extended a trekking pole and climbed up the tree a bit to dislodge the rope. The boys all clapped for their hero.
At the top, we followed a mountain bike path to the top of the Snows Mountain that features views of Osceola and Tecumseh for lunch. The Snows Mountain chairlift was running with lots of people and mountain bikers going up. The top of the lift had chairs so we grabbed one and ate lunch under shady trees.
After the lunch we took the Greeley Ledges Trail and Snows Mountain trail back to our vehicles. The total loop was about 3.4 miles with 700 ft. of elevation gain. A few returned back to our house to cool off in the Mad River and enjoy delicious sirloin burgers & beefy hot dogs cooked up by Jon.
What an amazing day!
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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event
CatHiking Sep 5, 2022 at 8:32 PM
Comment: What a nice scenery!
GpD Sep 4, 2022 at 8:43 PM
Comment: Awesome hike. It was a beautiful day with great views of the cascades. Another friendly group of guys and two great trip leaders. Thanks for the great day fellas.