After having a great lunch at AMC Highland lodge , we hiked to Ripley Falls, which is the second highest falls in New Hampshire at a 100-foot total drop.
The trail is about .6 mile with a 400 feet gain. Below is the trail sign to get started with our hike. It is always exciting to see the trail sign as you wonder what great adventure awaits us! Often these hikes are rugged, but as Greg commented you are treated to a wonderful view once you reach your destination!
It is a moderate hike with a rocky terrain interlaced with tree roots and boulders. It is important to dress properly and watch your footing. Below is a picture of the typical terrain in NH – at least that is what we thought until we encountered more difficult hikes later in our trip!
Below is a short video from the start of the trail.
The intertwined tree roots could be difficult to navigate since you could catch your hiking boot. I preferred the rocky terrain to the tree roots.
Below is a brief video of me hiking the trail to Ripley Falls. Yep I spent most of hike looking down to ensure I did not trip!
When we got to the bottom of Ripley Falls it was just beautiful! I do not know if the video can do it justice! The 100-foot falls has a smooth rock wall with the water cascading over it providing a more flowing than rushing of water.
Some hikers will hike to the top of the falls and say the view is fantastic! We met hikers who stay in the huts to hike the larger mountains and they said it is a tricky hike. They do not really recommend it unless you are an experienced hiker. But you have a beautiful view at the bottom of the falls. As always, I am so impressed by how fresh and clean the air smells in the mountains. You feel relaxed and healthier just breathing in the pure air! Doesn’t Greg look small surrounded by boulders and the falls?
Below is the video Greg took at the bottom of Ripley Falls. The view is just gorgeous and the water is so clear!
After enjoying the view it was time to head back. The below video provides you with an idea of the terrain by the falls.
Check out my other New Hampshire hiking videos and pictures – they are located under “Fun Stuff”. You can find that link on the left hand side of my blog.
Glen Ellis Falls
Mount Washington Tour
Hiking Trip to Arethusa Falls
NH Hiking Trip to Gibbs Falls, Crawford Cliff
NH Hiking Trip to AMC Highland Lodge
NH Hiking Trip
New Hampshire Signs from our Fall Hiking Trip
One of the breakfasts I enjoyed at At Stonehurst Manor was their Italian Frittata. Each day it was different but always had the theme of a meat, vegetable, and cheese. It made for a hardy breakfast preparing us for a day of hiking and fresh air! Below is my version that I made when we got home.
Ingredients I like to use:
½ cup Ham, diced or chopped
½ cup Steam Asparagus, chopped
½ cup Asiago Cheese, shredded
1tsp Dried Basil
6 Eggs or Egg Beaters
1/3 cup Milk
Salt & Pepper
Other seasonings such as minced garlic, onion powder
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and prepare your ingredients. I like to use fresh, small, tender asparagus in this dish.
Add eggs and milk to a glass bowl and whisk.
Add your remaining ingredients and mix.
Pour into a shallow 2-quart baking pan after spraying it with non-stick spray.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until Frittata reaches 160 degrees. I always take a temperature to ensure it is properly cooked. I like to serve this with my home-fried potatoes! Let it cool a couple of minutes and then served with a little Asiago cheese and dried chives sprinkled on top.