The White Mountain Region of New Hampshire experiences a fairly dry spring, but it seems like nature is doing its best to make up for it this summer. It has been cloudy and/or rainy most days over the last two weeks. While excess rain can feel like a drag, it was badly needed. Around the solstice, much of vegetation was dry and crinkly, and the rivers reduced to feeble trickles, but that is no longer the case.
Although I’ve understood the importance of precipitation since early childhood, I still get bummed out by overcast, rainy days.
One activity I’ve discovered that makes this kind of weather more tolerable, even enjoyable, is visiting waterfalls.
The first upside of a rainy waterfall hike is that you will see fewer people. On a warm, sunny weekend afternoon, hundreds of people flock to the famous local cascades, but not when it’s rainy. You might say “well, obviously, fewer people want to hike in the rain because the rain ruins everything”, and while that might be true for mountains, where clouds obscur the grand vistas, it’s not true for waterfalls. Streams swell as the rain falls, making the cascade more impressive than on a sunny day. Anyways, my recommendation, if you are feeling restless on a rainy day, search NewEnglandWaterfalls.com, or AllTrails.com, or google “waterfalls in my state” and get out there!
Pics/videos 1-6 are Arethusa Falls. This is a moderate, ~3 mile hike.
Pics/videos 7-9 are Ripley Falls, a rocky, but not too steep ~1 mile hike.
The cliff is Frankenstein Cliff, which can be done as part of a moderately-difficult 5 mile loop with Arethusa. Both falls and the cliffs can be combined for a challenging 7 mile hike as well. #waterfall#waterfalls#waterfallhike#wmnf#hikethewhites#getoutside#goeast#arethusafalls#ripleyfalls#waterfallsofnewhampshire#newenglandwaterfalls#nature#rain#rainyday#hiking#hike#frankensteincliffs#nh#nature#naturalnewengland#rivers#mountains