Trip report

GetWinter Hike #1: Cloudland Falls

Hiking/Walk DATE: 01/01/2011 - 01/01/2011

Trip/Event Location: Lincoln, NH
US

Trip Leader(s): Gandalf

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Easy

Join our GetWinter hikes designed to get you into winter hiking. This is a series of progressively harder winter hikes leading up to a 4,000 footer.

This trip's focus is to get you familiar

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Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Drive up I-93 and continue north to the Franconia Notch Parkway. Note your mileage as you pass Exit 34A. Continue on the parkway for about 4 miles to an exit with signs for Trailhead Parking, Bridle Path, and Falling Waters Trail. If you are driving south on the parkway, take the exit for the Lafayette Place Campground and Trailhead Parking, about 2 miles south of Exit 34B for the Cannon Mountain Tramway. A pedestrian underpass connects parking on either side of the parkway. This hike starts at the east of northbound parking area. We will be driving a blue Toyota FJ Cruiser.


Trip Report/Photos
Featured Photo

It was an overcast day with spring-like temperatures near 40 degrees when we set off up the Falling Waters Trail.

It was quite warm and we heated up quickly. We were especially in an upbeat mood...and happy to be back in the company of GO members after the holidays.

Falling Waters can be difficult to ascend in the winter due to ice. We were rather taken aback as to how rapidly the snow was melting with parts of the trail slushy, muddy and bare. The trail had been broken but we decided to use snowshoes since we were sinking a bit under the soft snow. The water crossings, which can be tough, thankfully had their ice bridges holding. The ice bridges did collapse on us a couple of times but we were able to find other ice bridges. 

Dry Brook delivers an abundance of natural beauty through a succession of waterfalls and cascades ~ highlighted by the 80-foot Cloudland Falls. 

It was a treat to see Cloudland Falls in these warm, winter conditions; partially frozen yet roaring beneath a large opening. 

We did the obligatory butt surfing on the return.

What a wonderful hike!

  

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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • It was great to be out enjoying the winter, even in a tee-shirt. Thanks Mike for the hike and Jon for another awesome meal. Great soup Anthony, it was YUMMY! - WalkaboutBrian
  • What a fun "spring" like hike with temps in the 40's. Finally a chance to burn some calories gained over the "holi-daze". See you on the next one! - JDNnh

Members That Participated

Gandalf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States
JDNnh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Manchester, NH


United States
DaveSchumaker

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Manchester, NH


United States
markus24

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Gilmanton IW, NH


United States
WalkaboutBrian

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Gilmanton IW, NH


United States
AJDME

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


ogunquit, ME


United States
vtfred

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Barre, VT


United States
Bobcat

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Upton, MA


United States
jrdhiker

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Upton, MA


United States
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