A Day Full Of Falling Water.
Join me on a day long waterfall tour in the scenic Crawford Notch area of New Hampshire. Located within the White Mountain National Forest, Crawford Notch is known for its scenic beauty and its waterfalls.
During this day long waterfall adventure we will hike to as many of the 8 waterfalls within Crawford Notch as time and your desire for adventure allows.
From seldom visited hidden gems to the spectacular Arethusa Falls, the 140′ tall second highest waterfall in NH. There will be gentle cascades over interesting and unique geologic formations as well as awe inspiring drops as the water plunges over granite cliffs.
Expect a waterfall photo tour you won’t soon forget.
What to Expect.
In short, a day filled with adventure and waterfalls.
Starting out bright and early we’ll begin our adventure in the North Conway area, where we’ll meet and have a chance for brief introductions. Then, from North Conway it’s a short drive to Crawford Notch and our first waterfall of the day.
Access to the waterfalls we will be visiting range from road-side to moderate hikes, with the longest being 1.5 miles(each way), most will be in the 1/2-3/4 mile range. All of the hikes will be on well used trails with some moderate elevation gain over uneven terrain. The reward at the end of each being a beautiful waterfall. The plan is to visit the falls requiring the longest and more strenuous hikes early in the day while everyone has fresh legs.
There are no restrooms along the trails. There are restrooms located at the Wiley House Historic Site, located in Crawford Notch, as well as at the AMC Highland Center at the top of the Notch.
Not a Mountain Climber, Not a Problem.
A basic level of physical fitness is all that’s needed to participate in this waterfall tour.
We will be hiking on well used trails, some with moderately steep sections where you can expect, rocks, roots, and uneven terrain along the way.
You do NOT need to be an avid hiker to participate. All of the waterfalls on the tour are regularly visited by people of all levels of physical ability. Also, this is not a race. I will ensure the group sticks together at a pace that’s easy for everyone. People well into their 70’s have attended my workshops.
What to Bring.
~ Camera with wide-angle zoom lens. Something in the 18-55 range will cover the majority of situations. An ultra-wide angle zoom may also come in handy.
~ Circular Polarizing Filter (CPL). A CPL is not mandatory but it is highly recommended for reducing both glare and reflections from wet surfaces. I don’t photograph waterfalls without one.
~ Rain jacket – if we’re lucky you’re going to need it.
Water and snacks. We will stop for lunch, but in the mean time you’re going to want to stay hydrated, as well as having snacks to keep your energy up.
~ Backpack. Your gear won’t carry itself 🙂
Note: Please resist the urge to carry every piece of camera gear you own as we hike to each waterfall. Though the hikes won’t be overly long or difficult, the more you carry the harder you’re going to have to work and the more tired you’ll be. As mentioned above, a wide-angle zoom lens will cover 90+% of all of your needs.
~ Sturdy footwear. Due to the terrain hiking boots or shoes with good support and good traction are a must.
~ Water shoes. Optional but highly recommended. There will be times where you’ll have the opportunity to step into the water for a better view of the falls or for a more unique angle when composing your photos. Wet rocks can be EXTREMELY slippery, for this you’ll need footwear with excellent grip. My personal “water shoe” of choice isn’t a water shoe at all. The La Sportiva TX2 is an approach shoe with sole rubber that sticks like glue on wet rock. The added benefit of a shoe like the the TX2 is that you can wear them all day long. As long as you don’t need the ankle support (I traded hiking boots for trail runners years ago) an approach shoe will both get you to the waterfalls, and allow you to wade right in once you get there.
~ Trekking Poles. Another optional, yet recommended item, trekking poles can make traversing uneven and steeper terrain immeasurably easier. They are especially useful while descending.
Safety Notice: Not all of the waterfalls we’ll be visiting will be safe to wade.
Included in Your Day Long Waterfall Adventure.
You’ll receive a guided day visiting some of New Hampshire’s most beautiful waterfalls. While not meant as a full fledged instructional workshop, I will be available for questions and I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite waterfall photography tips.
Parking in the White Mountain National Forest.
There is a day use fee within the WMNF. Currently I believe the fee is $3. Or you can purchase a season pass for $35. I will have a limited number of parking passes available on a first come first served basis. Another reason carpooling is recommended.
Meals and transportation are not included. Though all of the waterfalls are within a few miles drive of each other, carpooling is highly recommended.
Crawford Notch Waterfall Tour.
Don’t wait, this fun filled day of waterfalls is limited to 10 participants!