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Artist Bluff Trail, Franconia

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Artist Bluff Trail reviews

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  • If there’s one hike you need to do, it’s the Artist Bluff! We were blessed enough to catch some of the early fall colors (maybe 50% of its peak), so it was fantastic. There are two hiking trail... 
    If there’s one hike you need to do, it’s the Artist Bluff! We were blessed enough to catch some of the early fall colors (maybe 50% of its peak), so it was fantastic. There are two hiking trail...  more »
  • Artist Bluff Trail has tremendous views, and is very easy to find. You can park right across the street from it at the Echo Lake parking lot. After parking your car, make a right out of a parking lot....  more
    Artist Bluff Trail has tremendous views, and is very easy to find. You can park right across the street from it at the Echo Lake parking lot. After parking your car, make a right out of a parking lot....  more »
  • It was FREEZING when we went LOL!! BUT, it was relaxing! Sadly we went after the trees died, but I’m sure that the leaves look amazing at the beginning of fall! It is easy to go up but hard to come... 
    It was FREEZING when we went LOL!! BUT, it was relaxing! Sadly we went after the trees died, but I’m sure that the leaves look amazing at the beginning of fall! It is easy to go up but hard to come...  more »
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  • We climbed trough a short cut but some part of the trail was actually very steep. Luckily the weather was nice and the road wasn’t slippery at all. About 25 mins of walk/climb we arrived the cliff and the view was breathtaking with the peak of the foliage. The sky was deep blue and the sunlight shined just right. The pictures we took were astonishing! But we didn’t really have to enjoy the moment because the cliff was full of people who came to see view. Some of them just selfishly taking pictures and occupied the space for like 30 mins or so. We couldn’t really walk around the cliff because there were to many people there by the time. Luckily we found a gaps that I can jumped in and took some great pictures. I wish we arrived earlier to really appreciate the view but not overwhelmed by the crowed. Anyway, this spot wasn’t a secret spot so I highly recommend visit it earlier just so you can enjoy the view peacefully.
  • Awesome location to visit to view fall colors. There are two paths to get to this location one from the steep path ( but shorter) near the first parking lot off of 93 and another from a parking lot 2 mins away but a little longer path to get to summit. The shorter path (0.5 mile) gets crowded with hikers going in both directions on a congested path. I recommend the longer path (@1 mile). Either way view from the summit is awesome, sit & enjoy !!
  • Not a lot of elevation but it's a lot of boulder climbing. Very fun easy hike. Worth stopping at both viewpoints, the artists bluff & the mountain peak.
  • Absolutely lovely view. Worth the steep 25 min hike at Artist’s bluff view point . Don’t need any hiking gear but wasn’t the easiest hike either. A local told us it’s the best view in New Hampshire and we thought so too. It’s mindblowing.
  • Great fall foliage views and as expected very crowded. This is a Pet friendly hike. I saw around 1000 pets on 10/09. Hike is moderately easy if you are in good shape.

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