Hermit Falls

It’s been a while since we’ve written a post, but don’t think that means we haven’t gotten outside!  Our treks are a bit milder these days now that we have baby in tow, so sometimes they just don’t warrant a blog posting (not to mention the lack of time to write).  Anyway, we did get out last Sunday for a fun family hike to Hermit Falls along the Basin Trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The Basin Trail to Hermit Falls.

The Basin Trail to Hermit Falls: 1.3 miles to falls.

We parked just before the Basin Campground at the boat ramp for beautiful Basin Pond.  We must come back with a boat to explore the water.  The trail leaves the parking area and skirts the pond on your right and the campground on your left.  We passed one woman and her dog who was looking for the geocache in the area and told us about an impressive beaver dam at the end of the pond.  We saw parts of the dam from the trail and a few beaver chewed trees.

Basin Pond can be seen along the trail.

Basin Pond can be seen along the trail.

The rim ridge towers over the pond.

Mountain cliffs tower over the pond.

The trail is mostly flat and crosses several streams.  Before we knew it, we were at Hermit Falls where we stopped for a few minutes to take in the view.

Lindsay and Alden crossing one of the streams.

Lindsay and Alden crossing one of the streams.

Andrew hikes along the Basin Trail.

Andrew hikes along the Basin Trail.

Here we all are with Hermit Falls in the background.

Here we all are with Hermit Falls in the background.

Lindsay and Alden pose in front of Hermit Falls.

Lindsay and Alden pose in front of Hermit Falls.

We followed the Hermit Falls Loop above the falls and ate our lunch at the top of the falls.  We continued on the loop trail that climbs steeply up a hill and back around until it meets back up with the original Basin Trail.

Lindsay and Alden at the lunch spot.

Lindsay and Alden at the lunch spot.

Andrew's turn to carry Alden.

Andrew’s turn to carry Alden.

Interesting mushrooms along the trail.

Interesting mushrooms along the trail.

After an exciting hike up to the falls, Alden slept most of the hike back.

After an exciting hike up to the falls, Alden slept most of the hike back.

On our way back we passed several groups of people heading toward the falls, many we guessed were camping too.   After the oppressive humidity we’ve been having, the cooler air on this day made for a perfect hike.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Leslie
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 09:33:49

    Looks like Alden is trying to see if there are any Brook Trout in that stream in the photo where the two of you are crossing…and/or perhaps a Dragonfly caught his eye :)

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  2. Beverly
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 09:54:48

    Any butterflies, Lins? Really pretty setting. I think Alden was entranced by the shimmering water. He is an outdoors baby already…enjoying nature with mom and dad. Nice.

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  3. 1HappyHiker
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 18:10:52

    Hi Lindsay and Andrew,

    Great to see a Blog report from you guys, and especially nice to see photos of the 3 of you on a family outing. It’s going to be fun watching Alden grow up as you post other reports over the upcoming years.

    John

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