Crystal Cascade Falls

Height: 70 feet
Trail Type: Dirt, Gravel, and Rock
Hike Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
Difficulty: 7
Beauty: 7


Crystal Cascade Falls is a lesser-known falls at the base of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. The falls are near the AMC Pinkham Notch center where hikers along the Appalachian Trail and various other trails in the area. The falls are in at least two sections (that you can see), with some estimates saying the falls are over 100 feet high. However, you don’t see all of it. 

Note – The trail head for Glen Ellis Falls, a more popular waterfall in the area, is right down the road. However, the trail was closed when I went through the area.


From the intersection of US 2 and Highway 16 in Gorham, drive south on Highway 16 for 10.6 miles. The AMC Pinkham Notch center will be on the right.

Hike Description:

The trail begins behind the center’s offices and ascends the ridge. The trail crosses the Ellis River on a nice wooden bridge before turning right and climbing a steep hill. The viewing platform will be just before the trail bends to the left. 

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