Crystal Cascade
Pinkhams Grant, NH

RATING: 5.0/5.0

Crystal Cascade
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Coos County
TOWN: Pinkhams Grant
PARK: White Mountain National Forest
TYPE: Horsetails and a block
HEIGHT: 100-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Ellis River
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.3 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy
HIKING TIME: 15 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: +250 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 44, B-7 (unmarked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted

THE FALLS:

Crystal Cascade is an often overlooked waterfall in Pinkham Notch. Too many hikers get caught up tackling Mount Washington to take a short break off the Tuckerman's Ravine Trail to view Crystal Cascade. As a result, the falls are visited by only a fraction of the trail's hikers. Enough traffic is generated, however, for the Forest Service to post signs prohibiting off-trail hiking to prevent erosion.
         Directly ahead of a rock-wall outlook, Crystal Cascade drops a total of 100 feet in two uneven segments that are split by a platform with a shallow dark pool. The upper segment is a horsetail of approximately 70 feet in height, and the lower section is a 30-foot tall block.
         Whether you are visiting, dining, or staying the night at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, or driving along NH 16, stop and give Crystal Cascade a few moments of your time. Your goal of hiking Washington should not be to summit as quickly as possible, but rather to enjoy the entire journey up this magnificent mountain.


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:

If the following three conditions are in your favor?you are in decent physical shape, have at least 8 hours to spare, and, most importantly, the weather forecast is in your favor?consider continuing the additional 3.7 miles beyond Crystal Cascade to the 6288-foot summit of the northeast's tallest mountain, Mt. Washington. From the waterfall to the summit, you will gain approximately 4000-feet of altitude. This significant climb should not be underestimated. As a safety precaution, always check with the visitor center for current information regarding the trail and the weather conditions before setting out on this hike.




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