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31 May 2016

A Hike to Durand Scar and to Waterfalls along the Fallsway Trail

INTRODUCTION:

During the last week of May 2016, I did a short 5-mile loop-hike that was launched from the Appalachia trailhead in Randolph, NH.  It involved a visit to a spot known as Durand Scar, as well as a visit to several waterfalls along the Fallsway Trail.

I thought this might be of possible interest to hikers looking for a short hike such as this.   And perhaps it also could be of interest to those who would want to incorporate this short hike into an extended hike to the high peaks in the Presidential Range, such as Mts. Adams and Madison.   According to the Randolph Paths guidebook, the Scar Trail ". . . offers a route to or from Mt. Adams which avoids the steepest sections of both the Valley Way and the Airline . . ."

Below is a map with my route highlighted in yellow. 

PHOTOS:

PHOTO 1: Durand Scar offers a nice view, but it's a rather small place.  Seating is limited.   But as stated by one of my Facebook friends: "Those are the best seats!" :-)
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PHOTO 2:  Looking southward up the Snyder Brook Valley from Durand Scar.  Mt. Madison is on left, and the two peaks at center are JQ Adams, and Mt. Adams.
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PHOTO 3:  The NNE view from Durand Scar includes several peaks in the Mahoosuc Range.
PHOTO 3
PHOTO 4: I took photos of several waterfalls along the Fallsway Trail.  The one shown below is Tama Fall, which I suppose if pushed to choose a favorite waterfall along this trail, it would be this one!
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PHOTO 5:  This photo shows a side view of the upper portion of Tama Fall.
PHOTO 5
TIDBIT OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Two of the trails used for this loop hike were the Scar Trail and the Scar Loop.  Quoted below from the Randolph Paths guidebook, are some tidbits of historical information regarding those two trails.

The original Scar Trail . . . "was constructed in 1883 by E.B. Cook and W.H. Peek, and became known as Wabash Avenue because of Peek's ties with Chicago.  Later it was obliterated by lumbering, to be restored in 1935 and renamed the Scar Trail."

Presumably around 1935 . . . "The Scar Loop was cut when Louis F. Cutter realized that the newly cut Scar Trail had actually bypassed the old Scar."

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2 comments:

  1. That waterfall looks cool and refreshing on this hot day in June.
    How nice that a trail obliterated by lumbering was restored. And also how nice that such a trail was constructed so long ago. During the late 1800s in the west I think that hiking trails were the furthest things from the minds of "settlers". They were too busy trying to survive—and destroying the natural world in the process!

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    1. Thanks, as always, Rita for your comments. I love the contrasting information you posted about what was happening in Western U.S. versus Eastern U.S. in the late 1800s.

      John

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