We got a pretty early start on Saturday and headed for the little town of Gorham in New Hampshire. Usually we don't travel on Saturdays, but it was time to move on. (Yesterday was a catch up day and we were well rested. ) The drive was only about 75 miles and beautiful drive through hills and mountains with lots of little country farms. We found "black top" at an vacant shopping center.
After lunch we headed over to the Dolly Copp Forest Service campground to scout it out. Dolly Copp FS campground is the largest campground in the White Mountains with over 180 sites. There were 11 sites available, but not the best for our rigs so we opted to stay put at the shopping center.
We aren't far from the Pinkham Notch Appalachian Club visitor center so we headed over that way with a stop at the ranger station for hiking information. There are lots of trails that take off from the Pinkham Notch AMC visitor center and we all decided to take the short 1/2 mile hike up to Crystal Cascades, after visiting the AMC site.
The trail follows the creek most of the way through the trees.
After climbing up and up you are rewarded with the beautiful crystal cascade falls.
The White Mountains is famous for 25 mountains that are all over 4000 which includes Mt. Washington.
Mt. Washington is also the high point of New Hampshire and famous for it's bad weather. We checked out the toll road and got information for the trip up in a few days. Our timing was terrible as it is August, one of the busiest times of the year, and it is 150 year anniversary of the toll road which is being celebrated this weekend. Ugh. So, we won't be going up to Mt. Washington on Sunday and we will see how the weather is Monday...which doesn't look real good due to predictions of rain.
There is dozens of trail heads in the area along with good parking. Things are crowded, but not like Yosemite...but there were sure a lot of people at Pinkham Notch and all of the parking areas seemed really full.