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“Artists Bluff”, “Franconia Notch State Park”, New Hampshire — Fabulous Vistas; Short, Easy Hike.

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GPS Track of the short hike from my Garmin Fenix 5.

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The operator of the “Cannon Aerial Tramway” told us about this hike and the great views from the top when we took the ‘tram’ on our jaunt up to “Franconia Notch State Park” on June 11, 2018, to do “The Flume“. We went looking for it that evening but ended up going the long way around the loop. Since we had already done a fair bit of hiking that day we called it quits but I planned to go back.

When “Father’s Day” rolled around 6-days later I got the chance. This time we went, for the third time, to “Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves“. After that we headed for “Artists Bluff”.

The start of the hike is across the road from “Echo Lake”. You park as if you are going to the Lake. Just keep on going RIGHT … RIGHT … RIGHT.

From the parking lot … RIGHT. Once you get to the trailhead always stay to the RIGHT. Right at the top, take a RIGHT (but that is clearly marked in red on a boulder).

Trivial hike, though there is a slightly steep bit — albeit with granite steps. Pre my GPS, it was ONLY 0.16 mile to the top! NOT much elevation either; 204′ per my GPS, starting at 1,928′ and going up to 2,133′. Teischan and I made it to the top in less than 10 minutes.

Great views. Nearly as good as you get from going to the top in the ‘Tramway’ and that can cost you $16.

Highly recommended. I will be going back.


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Flowers Of “Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves”, New Hampshire, Via A Fuji X-E2s, On August 2, 2016.

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“Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves”, New Hampshire — Quite The Attraction, Quite The Adventure.

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Wow. Wow. Wow. What a great place. Quite the adventure. Has to be New Hampshire’s most underrated tourist attraction (and that coming from a ‘Lifetime Member’ “Granite State Ambassador“). I, of course, must have seen signs to it given that it is “off Loon” — and we go to Loon (i.e., Lincoln) at least once a year (four times so far this year). It never registered as something real fun to do. I actually found it while checking out, online, the “Flume Gorge” — as a potential place to take Teischan (last Tuesday) while Deanna and Devanee went ‘back to school‘ shopping. The word that caught my interest was ‘CAVES’. Teischan just loves the “Polar Caves” — for nothing else but the caves. Since this was for Teischan I decided I will give “Lost River” a spin. And am I glad I did so.

Very impressed. Loved it. Has it all. Scenery, waterfalls, caves (with running water inside), bridges, hummingbirds, foliage, real oil lamps (and it is lovely to smell the oil inside the caves) flowers …

Reminded me of Acadia. Reminded Teischan of Yosemite (and to be fair it has quite a few similarities to the adjoining “Kings Canyon National Park” that we did visit during our trip to Yosemite in April). Very sylvan.

Different to “Polar Caves“. The main difference being that “Polar Caves”, in the main”, is a cliffside adventure while “Lost River” is all inside an immersive gorge — with the sight and sound of rushing water never far away. The caves are very different too. “Lost River” caves are deeper, HARDER TO NAVIGATE and has some lovely water features inside them. Teischan loved them — especially the fairly large waterfall.

You DEFINITELY have to crawl on your hands and KNEES, belly to the ground! My pants were filthy. Makes “Polar Caves” feel like a walk in a very open park. I couldn’t get past the ‘Go-NO Go’ Lemon Squeezer Gauge — though I didn’t try too hard to make it (given that at nearly 63 years of age I know my limitations). After that I gave the last 3 caves a miss. I had done enough crawling for the day.

Teischan loved it. Claims it is her new favorite.

This does NOT mean that you should not bother with “Polar Caves”. BUT, if due to time or budget you can ONLY do one then it should be “Lost River”. SMILE.



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