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Frankenstein Cliff
Harts Location, NH, Livermore, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Frankenstein Cliff Trail
Looking up the Frankenstein Cliff Trail

Route: Frankenstein Cliff Trail, (Frankenstein Cliff), Frankenstein Cliff Trail, Ripley-Arethusa Falls Trail, Arethusa Falls Trail, Frankenstein Cliff Trail

Once again wanting to avoid snow, I opted to check out Frankenstein Cliff. Parking at the lower lot (visible from US 302), the section of trail leading to the trestle was filled with ups and downs and some less than optimal footing - one of those 'looked easier/faster on the map' trails.

From there, the trail steepened quickly, skirting near some cliffs and some nice views.

Continuing up the trail (now plagued with blowdowns), I passed by a few minor viewpoints, before reaching the near-highpoint 'viewpoint' - badly grown in and providing very little in way of the views mentioned on the sign.

From there, I headed down to the Ripley-Arethusa Falls Trail, past a nice smaller waterfall, and then eventually to Arethusa Falls - very impressive.

After that, it was a somewhat dull walk out to the upper parking lot, then through the woods on the spur trail back to the lower parking lot.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Frankenstein Cliff
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, May 7, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:01 PM
Parking Elevation: 535'
Destination: Frankenstein Cliff
Ascent Commenced: 4:02 PM
Summit Reached: 5:18 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:16
Trailhead Elevation: 1,190'
Summit Elevation: 2,451'
Vertical Gain: 1,436'
Hike Ended: 6:58 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:57
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,686


The Frankenstein Cliff Trail trailhead
The Frankenstein Cliff Trail trailhead

A wildflower along the Frankenstein Cliff Trail
A wildflower along the Frankenstein Cliff Trail

The Presidentials as seen from the grown in top vista on Frankenstein Cliff - Click to enlarge
The Presidentials as seen from the grown in top vista on Frankenstein Cliff

Arethusa Falls
Arethusa Falls

Topographic map of Frankenstein Cliff - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take US 302 West from Bartlett. Shortly after entering Crawford Notch State Park, the Arethusa Falls parking area entrance will be on the left. The Frankenstein Cliff Trail trailhead is at the back corner of this lower parking lot.

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