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    Arethusa Falls

    Has anybody recently hiked to Arethusa Falls? Itís been dry here in Massachusetts so I assume itís been the same in NH. Iím planning on being in the area in a few weeks and am trying to decide on whether or not to include a trip to the falls.
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    I visited Arethusa Falls last Friday. There were a few muddy spots, but nothing outrageous. It was a lovely walk, the trail is in great shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    I visited Arethusa Falls last Friday. There were a few muddy spots, but nothing outrageous. It was a lovely walk, the trail is in great shape.
    I was thinking more of the falls itself. Was it impressive or just a dribble? I've seen both but was hoping to show others only if the falls was impressive

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    No doubt with the rain yesterday and for the new few days, the flow will be good. Might be worth a trip to Giant Falls in Shelburne. The steep trail that runs up the side brings you to view of the upper gorge that feeds it which is something a lot of tourists miss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    ...Might be worth a trip to Giant Falls in Shelburne. The steep trail that runs up the side brings you to view of the upper gorge that feeds it which is something a lot of tourists miss.
    NOTE: about two weeks ago, there was rotting moose carcass right at/near the viewpoint for the falls. One could smell it from the Peabody Brook Trail.

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    Bummer about the moose. I managed to screw up my post. Lets try it again

    No doubt with the rain yesterday and for the new few days, the flow will be good. The steep trail that runs up the side brings you to a view of the upper gorge that feeds it which is something a lot of tourists miss.

    Might be worth a trip to Giant Falls in Shelburne. (well maybe not )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barkingcat View Post
    NOTE: about two weeks ago, there was rotting moose carcass right at/near the viewpoint for the falls. One could smell it from the Peabody Brook Trail.
    The smell is gone. I was there yesterday, and saw plenty of moose hair, but I didn't poke around looking for the carcass. The rain had yet to come, so the falls were mostly a trickle.

    The views from Bald Cap's summit were nothing to write home about, but Dream Lake and the ledges of Bald Cap Peak were spectacular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEO View Post
    ...but Dream Lake and the ledges of Bald Cap Peak were spectacular.
    [Thread drift] Agreed -- Dream Lake is lovely. And the Bald Cap Peak ledges look like a worthy (and easy) snowshoe destination.

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    To continue the drift, the Shelburne Trails Club is quite active and have added or reopened long since lost trails in this area to several interesting areas and viewpoints. Plus they have the only functioning hand operated cable car regionally I am aware of on hiking trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    Plus they have the only functioning hand operated cable car I am aware of on hiking trail.
    Oh, do go on, please...tell us more.

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    When I search I get a lot of facebook links but here is non facebook link

    https://wildernesswebb.com/2013/10/0...ing-cable-car/

    It is about 100 feet off the logging road used to access the Giant Falls trail. When it went in the claim was it was purchased from elsewhere and reconditioned. There really is no need for it in its current location as Austin Brook is very seasonal but it was fun readily accessible project for the Shelburne Trails Association. I have seen photos of similar equipment used over deep ravines out west on hiking trails and occasionally gold miners would install them to get access to their claims.

    I should edit in the only hand operated cable car in the region as they are used elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    When I search I get a lot of facebook links but here is non facebook link

    https://wildernesswebb.com/2013/10/0...ing-cable-car/

    It is about 100 feet off the logging road used to access the Giant Falls trail. When it went in the claim was it was purchased from elsewhere and reconditioned. There really is no need for it in its current location as Austin Brook is very seasonal but it was fun readily accessible project for the Shelburne Trails Association. I have seen photos of similar equipment used over deep ravines out west on hiking trails and occasionally gold miners would install them to get access to their claims.

    I should edit in the only hand operated cable car in the region as they are used elsewhere.
    There used to be one across the East Branch on the Wilderness Trail, too. The remains of the car are in the middle of the river and the cable is still anchored on one side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    It is about 100 feet off the logging road used to access the Giant Falls trail.
    I think you mean the Dryad Falls Trail, yes?

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    You are correct

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    Maybe I should start a different thread asking about Arethusa Falls!!!

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