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Tim Seaver
06-18-2007, 10:32 AM
So it's hot, humid, and buggy. Your entire body itches from that last batch of mosquitos that ambushed you on a steep section. Then, you see it...a sparkling pool of emerald green water in the river beside the trail. You have no idea of how cold the water is, but you suspect it's a bit chilly.

So....do you jump?
Stick your toes in?
Or just look?

One of my favorite pools - Rattlesnake Brook
http://www.vermontphoto.com/wildwhites/EvansNotch/JumpOn8.jpg
It took 10 jumps to get the timing down, but it was a lot of fun!

Let's see and hear about YOUR favorite "cool pools for mountain fools". :cool:

Peakbagr
06-18-2007, 10:51 AM
Is that the same one up in Cold River country?

sli74
06-18-2007, 11:06 AM
Hahaha . . . perfect timing. We spent quite a bit of time taking in the spectacular pools of the Ammo this weekend. I usually begin with the dipping of the toes and sometimes I will stick with just getting my legs wet unless Brian drags me in. He will jump in almost all the time. I do love relaxing my cool green soothing pools of water, that and waterfalls are the only parts of summer hiking I really enjoy (otherwise bring on Fall and Winter).

Nice picture as always.

sli74

Tim Seaver
06-18-2007, 11:14 AM
Is that the same one up in Cold River country?

Yes, just down the notch from "the" Emerald Pool, which sports a good 8 foot ( + or -) leap from atop the chasm (red arrow):
http://www.vermontphoto.com/wildwhites/EvansNotch/EmeraldPool.jpg

Peakbagr
06-18-2007, 11:52 AM
Great spots. We stayed at the Cold River Camp when our daughter was little. Hiked some great places and enjoyed the pools.
Thanks for the great reminder.

Seeker
06-18-2007, 12:15 PM
I thought I recognized the spot! We all jumped in after a long day and DANG it was cold, but refreshing.

I'm a big one for dipping my head in every stream I cross on really hot days. Helps a lot!

griffin
06-18-2007, 12:33 PM
So....do you jump?
Stick your toes in?
Or just look?

On the way up/in? On a hot day, I'm dunking my head.

On the way out, or close to where we're stopping for the night? I'm all in :D

TDawg
06-18-2007, 12:51 PM
Yes, just down the notch from "the" Emerald Pool, which sports a good 8 foot ( + or -) leap from atop the chasm (red arrow):

A good back flip perch if your aerially inclined (which I'm not.) :o

The area seemed a little overused last I was there, is it on private land?? Such a beautiful pool.

dvbl
06-18-2007, 03:26 PM
Tim, cool pic. Man, those submerged rocks look sooooo close to the surface.

Five minute mini-bushwack below Glen Ellis Falls. Awesome spot with a nice 5 foot jump from a rock. No, wait, I'm wrong. That spot is awful. Don't go ;) .

gaiagirl
06-18-2007, 03:45 PM
I was up there in Evan's Notch last week hiking with 5th graders. Scoped it out on my own on Monday, and I did dive right in, without hesitation. :)

w7xman
06-18-2007, 03:46 PM
Yes, just down the notch from "the" Emerald Pool, which sports a good 8 foot ( + or -) leap from atop the chasm (red arrow):



Nice shots and spots Tim, I'm a bit more partial to 'the OTHER' Emerald Pool in 'the other' notch ;)

Tuco
06-18-2007, 04:03 PM
This thread reminds me of a backpack JayH and I did in the Pemi a few years ago. We stopped for lunch at Franconia Falls and people were sliding down into the lowers pools. Turned out there were strong currents and this person could not get out of the water, the force was pushing them away from the edge. If memory serves me another person jumped in to help and they too could not get out. Finally a person already on the rocks was able to climb down and assist them out.

Then Jay and I were thrown out for not having a pass to be at the falls, but thatís a story for another thread. :)

Scary how a fun time like that went bad quickly.

Have fun, but be careful out there.

bcskier
06-18-2007, 07:32 PM
I was doing a long southbound section hike (200 mi.) of the LT/AT in July '05. Climbing the Bamforth Ridge Trail on Camel's Hump after the three mile road walk on River Rd. on the hottest day of the summer that year I discovered some nice potholes in the brook alongside the LT in the area of the old Buchanan Lodge site.

It was one of the nicest hours I spent on the entire trip. It sure saved my brain from cooking.

Squintyken
06-21-2007, 10:36 AM
sorry to repeat myself (kjbjette's thread on Franconia notch spots) but in case you've never seen this site - it's got a lot of places to explore and they've all turned up winners for me.

http://www.swimmingholes.org/

they seem to have good policies about only posting info about truly public land, usually with GPS coords, and updated info.

and no, I don't get a commision for generating hits on their site :rolleyes:

marty
06-21-2007, 10:53 AM
For a swim on the wild side, try Goose Eye Brook along the Wright Trail north of Bethel, ME. It has excellent cascades, potholes and natural waterslides. The Wright Trail itself rocks too; an excellent loop hike up to the two Goose Eye summits.

Marty

roadtripper
06-21-2007, 05:28 PM
some of my favs:

VT
~ Bartlett Falls
~ Falls of Lana
~ Huntington Falls
~ Terrill Gorge
~ The Potholes (Devil's Potholes)

NH
~ Lower Ammonoosuc Falls
~ Upper Ammonoosuc Falls
~ Franconia Falls
~ off Crawford Path (it's somewhat of a secret)
~ Swiftwater Falls (Bath)
~ Welton Falls
~ About 500 spots on the Pemigewasset
~ Emerald Pool

ME
~ Gulf Hagas
~ Stairs Falls
~ Frenchmen Hole
~ Moxie Falls
~ Smalls Falls
~ Rattlesnake Pool

Quietman
06-21-2007, 07:25 PM
My favorite swimming hole. The pictures were taken with an old camera.

http://inlinethumb03.webshots.com/6722/2760012330048820105S500x500Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb61.webshots.com/5308/2898315340048820105S500x500Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb40.webshots.com/4711/2132003620048820105S500x500Q85.jpg
I'm not sure that I want to disclose its location, it's not really a "secret" spot, but it dosen't need any advertising. Anyone already know?

Jazzbo
06-21-2007, 07:48 PM
My favorite Spot is a secret. Outing club I'm a member of has permission from the owners to use it. This picture was shot in April, but it sure feels good in July.

http://inlinethumb02.webshots.com/6657/2242221720088087945S425x425Q85.jpg (http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2242221720088087945DEfuav)

Jazzbo
06-21-2007, 07:56 PM
Welton Falls takes some scrambling to get into the pools:
http://inlinethumb41.webshots.com/3432/2070311070088087945S425x425Q85.jpg (http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2070311070088087945jJcgSX)

The river has carved a deep flume like formation, makes it hard to capture in a picture.

http://inlinethumb48.webshots.com/5359/2056516080088087945S425x425Q85.jpg (http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2056516080088087945gNYEeX)

Bolivia
06-22-2007, 11:23 PM
I've often used the following website. It's been around for 10 years and I've found it to be reliable. Good map links. Lat/Long info. Skinny dipping spots. Detailed descriptions.

http://www.swimmingholes.org/

jjmcgo
06-23-2007, 01:46 AM
Am I correct in thinking that it is against the rules to wade in the Gem Pool on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail?

prino
06-11-2008, 01:52 PM
I thought I'd bring this thread back now that summer is here and need somwhere to cool off during a long hike.
Anybody have any good suggestions for the daks?

roadtripper
06-11-2008, 03:03 PM
I thought I'd bring this thread back now that summer is here and need somwhere to cool off during a long hike.
Anybody have any good suggestions for the daks?

I'd recommend picking up a copy of "Day Trips with a Splash: Northeastern Swimming Holes". I believe it has quite a few for New York. It's been fun using the guide for holes throughout New England.

Just be aware that the info is probably now a bit dated for some, and directions can be a little wacky.

Kevin, Judy and Emma
06-11-2008, 07:02 PM
It is on private land, but open to the public. Found it a couple of years ago. My wife took this 5/28. I was so cold I couldn't breath and my lungs were about to explode, thus the grimace. It was awesome!

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/28blueberry52908-1.jpg

There is a great spot a few hundred yards above Franconia Falls with about a twenty foot jump.

And last, there is a great location on the Dry River about a 1/2 mile behind Dry River Campground.

KDT

ADKnBVI
06-11-2008, 08:30 PM
It's not really along a trail, but Sculptured Rock Natural Area near Newfound Lake is really beautiful, interesting and available to crazy swimmers.

http://www.barkeater.ws/nh48/images/SculpturedRocks/SculptRocksFrames.htm

Tim took a dip and froze his brain - and that was in August!

Valerie

Gris
06-11-2008, 08:43 PM
Coppermine has a real nice wide hole. But it is wicked, pins-and-needles COLD, even in the dog days of summer :eek:

Solitary
06-11-2008, 10:00 PM
Although not about swimming holes per se, I like Waterfalls of the White Mountains: 30 Hikes to 100 Waterfalls by Bruce, Doreen, & Daniel Bolnick.

RoySwkr
06-13-2008, 01:55 PM
I don't dip often near the hwy, just crank up the AC and go home. But there was a lovely deep pool above Harvard Falls that I totally immersed in a few years ago.

The exception is if I'm hiking before an evening lecture when I want to be mildly presentable, I cooled off in Chocorua Lake one time.

Mattl
06-13-2008, 03:34 PM
There are so many swimming holes in the White Mountains that this could go on endlessly, but one that comes to mind that is worth the trip is Dry River falls. Amazing place, anyone ever find out exactly how deep the pothole above the falls is? With the sun on it you still cant see the bottom, has to be 20 feet deep at least. Some more: Beebe River, Whiteface, Pond Brook, upper Little River, upper East Branch, Carrigain Branch, Moriah Gorge is spectacular, upper Baker River, and many more. I found a real nice one on Hellgate Brook too that you have to bushwhack to. -Mattl

Dave Bear
06-15-2008, 05:50 PM
It's not really along a trail, but Sculptured Rock Natural Area near Newfound Lake is really beautiful, interesting and available to crazy swimmers.

http://www.barkeater.ws/nh48/images/SculpturedRocks/SculptRocksFrames.htm

Tim took a dip and froze his brain - and that was in August!

Valerie
The Elwell trail goes near both Sculptured and Welton. It starts down by Wellington beach on Newfound and heads up toward Cardigan. Being a native of the area, I can attest to both Sculptured Rocks and Welton Falls. At Sculptured the main pool has a hole worn through by a tree into the next basin. When we were kids we would dive under the tree through the hole into the next pool and freak out newbies who thought we never surfaced. The tree has since swept downstream but the hole through is known by locals or "lokos". Also there is a chamber with air in under the falls below the footbridge that can fit four. Some good times were had in there! ;) Welton was always known for water colder than the Atlantic even in late summer. Awesome after a hot sweaty day haying. Glad someone revived this. Should we get a swimminghole-bagging list going? ;)

sweeper
06-15-2008, 08:49 PM
Next time you're on the Kinsman Tr check above and below at the brook crossing above the old cabin site. Above the brook is a sweet fall into a pool with a pool above. Below is a great pool for swiming.

Trainwreck
06-18-2008, 09:44 AM
Looks sweet. We would like to try it out, can I get directions how to get there???
Thanks.
B.