The Appalachia Trailhead in Randolph, NH is a very busy place since it’s a major gateway to the rugged and scenic Northern Presidential Mountains. But, you can enjoy a more peaceful and less crowded hike from this trailhead by traveling some of the lesser-used trails such as the ones described in this blog posting.
In early June 2018, I launched a 5.7 mile hike from the Appalachia trailhead in Randolph, NH. This loop hike (sometimes referred to as the Cliffway Loop) was done in a clockwise direction. There was a 1,470 elevation gain, and it involved these trails: The Link; Amphibrach; Monaway; Cliffside. Some of the sights seen along the route were: Cold Brook Fall; Cascades at Coldspur Ledges; view into King Ravine from Bog Ledge; views from White Cliff overlooking the Randolph Valley and the Crescent Range.
|Cold Brook Fall (near junction of the Link trail and Amphibrach trail)|
|Cascades at Coldspur Ledges (at junction of Amphibrach trail and Monaway trail)|
|The bog below Bog Ledge|
|Arriving at Bog Ledge|
|The view from Bog Ledge includes King Ravine and higher reaches of Mt. Adams|
|Zoomed view to the floor of King Ravine|
|A typical segment of the Amphibrach trail.|
|A typical segment of the Cliffway trail.|
|A photo composite showing some of the wildflowers seen along my route. My flower-identification skills are limited, but think these are: False Solomon's Seal (LEFT); Bluebead Lily (top RIGHT); Bunchberry (bottom RIGHT)|
Longer and more aggressive hikes can be fun. However, shorter hikes can be fun as well. As with many things in life, sometimes ‘less is more’.