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“Well worth the detour” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mount Washington Valley

Mount Washington Valley
Mount Washington, NH
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Activities: Skiing
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“Well worth the detour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

The While Mountains offer unique scenery and the local hotel is just splendid

Visited June 2012
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“Great time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

The Mount Washington Valley is just as awesome in winter as summer or fall, or maybe even better. Skiing at Cranmore, right in Norrth Conway, with great places to eat and scenic beauty all around. Went during the week so it wasn't too crowded, Cross country skiing conditions haven't been so good, but Jackson Ski Touring was groomed and beautiful. Stayed in hostel in Conway, out of hustle and bustle but convenient to the village. We made our own dinner one night in the hostel's kitchen, and ate at the Cafe Noche Mexican restaurant nearby the other night.

Visited January 2012
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“New Hampshire at its best.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

Want to eat or shop then there is lots to do here in the valley. Don't be afraid to go off the beaten path and check out some of the gallery's and crafts and antiques throughout the valley.

The valley offers some of the best hikes you'll find anywhere and are suited to all levels with the trails to Mount Washington being some of the most difficult as well as the most spectacular. We hiked Mount Washington by three different routes and all have something to offer so choose what best suits you. I suggest picking up a copy of the Appalachain Mountain Guide and do some home work.

North Conway has all you need to be prepared for your vacation in the Whites. Be sure to stop at White Birch Books which has new and some great local used books. A walk down main street and you can kill several hours in North Conway without any trouble. Pop in to the Naked Bohemian for afforadable cast iron pieces or the Moat Mountain Smoke Hose for lunch and a beer.

Good selection of food and tax free booze for those who wish to induldge. There also a ton of activities for the kiddies through out the Valley.

Don't wait just HIKE THE WHITES on of our favorie places.

Visited May 2011
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“Climbing the Washington Mount via Boott Spur Trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

Starting the hike via a less popular trail is an excellent option! There are less people, there are some beautiful outlooks, and many opportunities to walk and admire the scenery! The climbing is difficult but not as it can be with the most famous trail... or at least, I think! we did the Tuckerman Ravine Trail on the way back and it was a pain... not very joyful path... however this hike was excellent... We were lucky, we could not expect a such beautiful weather... it was July 31st 2011!

Visited July 2011
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“White Mountain Attractions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2007

During our week stay in the Mt. Washington Valley, we did several attractions or outings. We rode the Cog Train to the summit of Mt. Washington, we rode the tram to the summit of Mt. Cannon and the gondola to the summit of Wild Cat Mt. We experienced The Flume Gorge , Cathedral Ledge look out, Santa’s Village and rode the scenic Highway 112, ( known as the Kanc.). But the 2 things we did that stands out was the Lost River Gorge and the hikes to the some of the Waterfalls.

The Lost River Gorge is a set of Caves you go through while following the gorge. Each cave is ranked for difficulty from C, the easiest to maneuver to A, the hardest to squeeze in and out of. I must admit, although we made it through most of them, there were a couple that was to tight for some of us to get into. One in particular called the “Lemon Squeeze”. A set of post guard the entrance to the cave, if you could not fit between inches of space between the posts, you would not be able to fit through the spaces inside the cave. It is my understanding the Lost River Gorge was closed for several years and has just recently reopened. It is located about 5 miles east of Lincoln on Highway 112. This is one you do not want to miss………

There are many waterfalls located in the Mt. Washington Valley. The following are the 3 falls we hiked to.
Diana’s Bath: A short easy ½ mile walk on a very wide trail leads you to Diana’s Bath. The fall cascades down the creek with several small drops. Although we did sit with our feet in the water, the temperature of the water (seemed like 50) kept us from completely entering the water. However some people, mostly children were playing in the cold water. A must to see and very easy to get to.
Ripley Falls: A ½ mile hike on a well marked but narrow path that is rather difficult, especially if you are not accustom to hiking in the mountains. The path is narrow and rocky and the ½ mile seems must longer. You begin to hear the waterfall before you see it and arrive at the bottom to a breath taking view. The fall is about 100’ high and simply put, Beautiful and Amazing. (Remember we are from South Louisiana, the highest land here is a manmade overpass!!!) Made the track, be careful and take your time, BUT make the hike, it will all be worth it.
Arethusa Falls: Like Ripley’s, the path is well marked but much longer, 1 ½ miles. It can get narrow is some places and it has many step like areas. However, at almost 200’ high, Arethusa is the tallest waterfall in the New Hampshire. Also like Ripley’s, it offers a spectacular view. This one is not for the weak at heart; we took several breaks along the way before getting a view of the fall. Well worth the sore legs!!!!!!!!!

In a nutshell, do Diana’s Bath because it is easy, hike to Ripley because is amazing, and hike Arethusa because it is the tallest………..

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