The first stop of the morning was at The Wild Cat ski area. A gondola runs in the summer for those that want a scenic view of Washington Valley, but that was not in the plans today due to the overcast. There is a nice nature trail that leaves from the lodge that goes to the Thompson Waterfalls. It's just a short hike from the ski area. It was misting most of the way but the trees gave quite a bit of shelter so we didn't get soaking wet. The falls are pretty, and if you like to boulder hop, this is the place, although a little dangerous today with all of the mist. Some of those boulders were pretty slippery.
Next we headed to Glen Ellis Falls. Again, this was another short hike from a well marked trail head. The falls are spectacular. There are 150 steps down so there is a bit of a pay back coming back up :)
Then we headed over to Cathedral Ledge View point. Cathedral Ledge is a popular climbing rock, but there wasn't much rock climbing on this misty, foggy day.
Washington Valley below the ledge.
The day continued to rain gently off on and , but that didn't stop us from continuing on until we found:
This one is for our WIN friend Diana who is spending the summer out West. I bet she didn't know there were baths and cascades named after her. :)There are lots of cascades with lots of pools. It was a popular place for families, even on a rainy day like today.
We drove part of Kancamagus Highway or "Kank" to the Rocky Gorge. It's a pretty little gorge. I sure wouldn't want to be Kayaking down the swift river and not have any warning about the rapids!
We ended our day with a stop at Lower Falls. It was pretty crowded, mostly because it is right off the highway and there is a nice beach and a fun place for families. Its like having a natural water park. There were lots of water slides and pools to swim in.
Well, the weather doesn't look to good tomorrow for a Mt. Washington trip, but stay posted. We may end up staying in the area a little longer than planned.