Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall
Open year round. $5 forest service fee paid at a self-service kiosk at the trailhead.
This strenuous route is a New Hampshire classic. Though incredibly strenuous, especially at the start, this route exemplifies everything that a tough, New England hike should be.
The Beaver Brook Trail
begins with a steep climb alongside the Beaver Brook Cascades. There are occasional stairs and hand rungs, but most of the first mile is unassisted 34% grade with no switchbacks and steep drop-offs. At the top of the cascades is a shelter put together by the Dartmouth Outing Club that offers fantastic views of the Franconia and Kinsman Ridges.
From that point, the trail softens to a much more manageable 13% grade through a stunning evergreen forest. The last quarter mile of the trail is above tree-line, and visitors will move almost imperceptibly onto the Benton
Trail for the last push to the top. The summit has incredible 360 views of New Hampshire and Vermont.
Flora & Fauna
The trail is mostly in evergreen forest, but it offers excellent views of the deciduous forests down below. The trailhead is by a pond in Kinsman Notch, and animals are often seen there.
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