Ammonoosuc Ravine
Sargents Purchase, NH

RATING: 4.5/5.0

Ammonoosuc Ravine
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Coos County
TOWN: Sargents Purchase
PARK: White Mountain National Forest
TYPE: Plunges, horsetails and cascades
HEIGHT: 100 feet of upper falls viewable from the trail
WATER SOURCE: Ammonoosuc River
TRAIL LENGTH: 2.1 miles to Gem Pool; 2.3 miles to upper falls
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Gem Pool; moderate side of difficult to upper falls
HIKING TIME: 1 hour, 30 minutes to Gem Pool; 1 hour, 50 minutes to upper falls
ALTITUDE GAIN: +950 feet to Gem Pool; +1300 feet to upper falls
WHEN TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 44, A&B-5 (unmarked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Parking Fee Charged
ALTERNATE NAMES: Gem Pool, Upper Falls



THE FALLS:

The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail passes two picturesque sets of falls before clambering above tree-line and landing at the doorstep of the AMC Lonesome Lake Hut, one of eight backcountry huts offering hiking accommodations and meals in the White Mountains. For most hikers, the falls and hut will be used as places to catch their breath before tackling the mighty Mt. Washington.
         The first falls reached are seen directly from the trail. This small set of cascades is seen on your right at the distant end of a frigid pool named Gem Pool. Further up, a spur trail will lead you right and slightly downhill to a commanding view of the upper falls, which are split into two sections about 50 feet apart. From this position, the upper falls appear to consist of a 100-foot drop into deep pools of water. The true total drop of the falls is hundreds more, but scrambling to find them is just not an option here; starting at Gem Pool, the terrain along the trail is notoriously steep. Some estimate the total drop to be 600 or 700 feet.
         Although we have not experienced all routes to the summit of Mt. Washington, we doubt we will find another access trail to this mountain that we will enjoy more than the waterfall-packed Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting information via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are interested in.


DIRECTIONS:

Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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