|Glen Ellis Falls|
The Direttissima begins 0.2 mi from the south end of the
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge
parking lot and gradually ascends 1.0 mi to its
intersection with the Glen Boulder Trail. The trail is easy to follow and moderately gentle, however there are a couple of significantly steep, rocky
For its proximity to Rt. 16,
The Diretissima offers a sense of remoteness with an occasional view of the
peaks across the way. Look up from the trail from time to time as these will
warmly surprise you from behind the tree canopy. At the half-way point is a bridge crossing
over a steep section of river drainage where small amounts of water shoot off
mossy rock and tiny tree branches. The scene is worth stopping to enjoy.
To reach the falls, turn left onto The Glen Boulder Trail
and descend 0.4 mi to the Glen Ellis Falls parking area. This section of trail
is well-traveled and easy to follow, but as is so often the case here in the
, steep and rocky in sections.
reaching the parking area, cross under Rt. 16 on a gravel path and descend 100
feet down rocky steps (with handrails) to the 70 foot main fall. Be sure to
read about the history of the falls posted along the way.
|The Ellis River above the falls.|
I returned via the Wildcat Ridge Trail past Lost Pond but
don’t recommend this route as it requires a dangerous crossing of the Ellis
River above the falls.
Instead, return via
Glen Boulder to The Direttissima or you can follow Rt. 16 for a completely
level hike out. To make up for walking along the highway, there is a fresh
mountain water spring marked by a ribbon tied to a stick. Fill up your water
bottle. Cold and delicious! (Do be aware though...this is untreated water!)
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