New Hampshire White Mountain Foliage Trip

Last Friday we finally got a break in the rain and I was able to take a ride through the White Mountains. I think the colors are just about at peak in the elevations.
I drove through Woodsville, NH to the start of Rt. 112, otherwise known as the Lost River Road. This route goes through Kinsman Notch and past Beaver Pond.

Beaver Pond at Kinsman Notch

Beaver Pond at Kinsman Notch

A section of the Appalachian Trail known as the Beaver Brook Trail starts near the other end of Beaver Pond. Beaver Brook Trail will take you to the top of Mt. Moosilauke. The first section of the trail is known as the Cascades. The trail runs alongside a brook with waterfalls that feed Beaver Pond below.

Beaver Brook Trail Sign

As the sign above warns, the trail is very steep and treacherous. The trail can also get slippery due to dew, fog, rain and water spray from the waterfalls. At places on the trail there are steps and rungs to hang on to with your hands.

Beaver Brook in Woodstock NH
Beaver Brook in Woodstock NH

I enjoyed the amber glow of this scene under the fall colors near this small waterfall on Beaver Brook.

Beaver Brook Cascades 1
Beaver Brook Cascades
Beaver Brook Cascades 2
Beaver Brook Cascades
Steps on Beaver Brook Trail near the Cascades
Steps on Beaver Brook Trail near the Cascades

The photograph above shows some of the steps built into the trail. Further on rungs made of re-bar have been installed in the rock so hikers can have safety hand-holds to climb the trail.

Falls and foliage near the top of the Cascades
Falls and foliage near the top of the Cascades

This is the first time that I had been up this trail when the foliage had turned color. I’m glad to took the time to come here and plan to come back.

Lost River in Woodstock NH
Lost River in Woodstock NH

After a quick hike along the Cascades I continued through Kinsman Notch past Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. A return trip to explore this place is on the list. But for today I journeyed on to the look-out on Route 118 for a few photographs of the Franconia Range on my way home.

View of southern part of the Franconia Range in Woodstock NH
View of southern part of the Franconia Range in Woodstock NH

This is one of the best views along Route 118 going from Warren, New Hampshire to Woodstock, New Hampshire. The view is North and East looking down on Woodstock and the southern part of the Franconia Range.

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