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Ripley Falls

Length: 1.0 mile out-and-back

Difficulty (click for info): Easy

Elevation Gain: 300 feet

Rating (click for info): 8/10

Height: 100'

River: Avalanche Brook

Best Time to Visit:
There are no water crossings on this hike, so it can be visited in the spring, but the trail may be muddy.

Driving Directions:
Trailhead and parking area are on Willey House Station Road in Harts Location, NH. This road leaves Rt. 302 12.2 miles south of Rt. 3 and 16.8 miles west and north of Rt. 16. The parking area is 0.3 miles up the road. Willey House Station Road is marked with a sign for Ripley Falls.

About the Hike:
Although not quite as popular as nearby Arethusa Falls, Ripley Falls is a spectacular destination and a great addition to a trip to Crawford Notch. Its graceful beauty is enjoyed for a walk much shorter than the one to Arethusa. From the parking area, begin your hike on the Ethan Pond Trail. The trail nears Avalanche Brook, source of the waterfall, then climbs to and crosses the tracks of the Conway Scenic Railroad, from which there is a slight view to Mt. Willey. A moderate climb of 0.2 miles leads to the junction with Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail. This trail joins the two great waterfalls of Crawford Notch so that they can be hiked together, but it is most convenient to visit them separately. Turn left to follow it. The trail leads across the hillside on a nearly flat course, climbing slightly. In the spring, this section can become very muddy, as many seasonal streams flow across it. After 0.3 miles, the trail descends steeply to the base of Ripley Falls, a tall and majestic waterfall.

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