Sanguinary Ridge Trail, Table Rock Trail, Three Brothers Trail – Dixville Notch Part 2

Looking at Table Rock from Three Brothers Trail

Our first stop on our Part 2 of exploring Dixville Notch, was the Polish Princess Bakery in Lancaster to pick up something for lunch.  We lucked out and she had just made foccacia bread with onions and cheese.  That will be a perfect lunch somewhere on the trail. Her breads and treats are delicious,  so stop in before a hike.  Next stop…

Dixville Notch, parked at Huntington Cascade lot, grabbed our backpacks (leaving water shoes and a change of clothes in the car) and headed out to the Flume.

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From here we jumped on the Sanguinary Ridge Trail, part of the Cohos Trail Network.  We are big fans of the CT, we think it is one of the prettiest trails around.

As we embarked on the trail and reached the top of the waterfall, we made the mistake of crossing over the top of the waterfall.  No, the trail doesn’t go that way, but yellow boundary markers painted on the trees threw us off, plus we missed the CT sign that was hidden from our view.

Don't cross here, oops
Don’t cross here, oops

We continued on the SRT, admiring the turnouts that provided picturesque views.

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On some turnouts, blueberries were available to refuel our bodies.


This was a beautiful trail that switchbacked its way, never with a demanding ascent that left us exhausted.

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We reached a crossroads of sorts at 1.2 miles from the Flume start.

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We jaunted out for a bit on the Sanguinary Summit Trail to see the sights below us.



We started our descent down to the Balsams Resort. The first part of the descent included switchbacks with some fine overlooks.


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And more blueberries on the trail to snack on.

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That over there is Table Rock, our next destination.  It was at this moment, I had the revelation that I am armchair thrillseeker. Sitting at home reading about Table Rock, I felt brave to hike out to it,  but when I saw it across the way, all my bravery fell away.


Then we came to the scree field.  I sometimes, sitting in an armchair, don’t read trail descriptions carefully enough. I didn’t recall reading about a scree field.  Maybe that is a good thing, because if I had know I had to go down and through one, I would have called this one just an out and back hike.  I remember staring at this, saying out loud “I hope we aren’t going down there on all that rock.” We entered a little wooded nook and it emerged onto the scree.

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Thankfully stairs were placed on the descent, but we still had a short field to cross.  I wasn’t brave enough to look around or down and I’m sure if I did, it was real pretty. My stomach felt a little queasy not sure if it was nerves or ate to many blueberries.


Next we had to cross this, slow going for me, but it was just level enough not to be terrifying.

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Towards the end I was rewarded with you guessed it, more blueberries.  Here is my joy at surviving the scree and gorging on blueberries.


Once back in the forest, I regained any lost confidence in hiking I had.



This trail ended for us at the Balsams Resort and we had short road walk on Rt. 26 to the next trailhead, Table Rock Trail.

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We entered the woods and began a steady ascent up the Table Rock Trail.


For the first part of this trail, my little legs were tired from the desent on SRT, so it made for slow going, luckily the forest was lovely and justified a slower pace to take it all in.

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Near the end of the trail, it started to level out and become boggy.  I found sinking in the mud to be rather fun today.


Then we saw a our destination a little closer up. We are going to go out to Table Rock.


Off we go, having to descend for a bit at first.



Then a quick scramble up to the Table Rock.


The views out from the legendary look out.

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Mike ventured out to the end and he hung the camera over the edge.  This is the ledge below Table Rock.


He also snapped a photo of where we came from and the scree field we crossed.

at the top left you can see the trail we worked our way down and across the small scree field to the left and then the trail re entered the woods

Mike returned from the edge and chatted with a couple that hiked up here also.  Mike was the brave one and made it to the edge.  I just made it to the middle of this walkway.  That was good enough for me.



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Then it was lunch time.  Enjoying our Polish Princess Bakery bread.  OMG it tasted so good and was well earned.


After the viewing and snacking, we returned to the trail.  Back on the Cohos Trail portion that is called Three Brothers.  Here the trail was well groomed, beautiful and peaceful.


This sign made me laugh out loud.  There is a harder route to get to Table Rock, we took the “easy” way to get to it.

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Mike discovered a rock with a great lichen pattern.


At this point, Mike went down the outlook trail, while I continued on.

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The view from the outlook.


He joined up at the scat pile, moose?


From here it was  a smooth hike, though a bit muddy at times to Huntington Cascade, where we were yesterday.

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We returned to our car, grabbed our water shoes and towels, headed back to the pool, below the falls, to have a quick dip.  On our return to the falls, we saw a porcupine.  It was my first one I’ve seen alive.  I was so excited I couldn’t take a good picture.  He tired of me snapping photos rather quickly and lumbered off.

Trust me that blob of black on the tree is a porcupine

We then jumped in the little pool to cool off, boy was that water cold.

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Once we landed at home, we quickly changed into “lounge” wear, grabbed a beer and relaxed in the evening sun.  Great way to end an awesome hike.


The Details: 4.5 miles round trip using the Sanguinary Ridge Trail to road walk to Table Rock Trail, to Three Brothers Trail. Total time was 5 hours with breaks and an elevation gain of 1700 feet.

Dixville Notch

Bridal Veil Falls – June 27

Taking a nap to the soothing sounds of the falls
Taking a nap to the soothing sounds of the falls

The forecast called for fog and storms this afternoon.  I have a fear of lightning, so below tree line was the only option.  Our friend Tim, owner of the cottage we stay at, loves this hike.  Three years ago when he invited us up he insisted this was a must do hike.  Well, isn’t everything in the White Mountains, at some point, a must do hike?

It was just a short drive to Franconia for us and the trail head was easy to find, on Coppermine Road.  Plenty of parking, as we witnessed at the end of the hike (more about that later).  We started the hike on Coppermine Road, a packed dirt road.


At the .4 mile mark hang a left onto the trail.

Go left young man
Go left young man

It is  a pleasant and easy stroll along the trail, walking at times close to the Coppermine Brook.






We never spotted the famous Bette Davis marker, thanking the man (her future husband) who discovered her lost in the woods. Well truthfully, I forgot to look for it because I was so busy focusing on the smells, sounds and beauty of the forest.

Right before we came upon the shelter, a sign notified us we are in a Forest Protection Area.

Forest Protected Area
Forest Protection Area

At 2.3 miles, a bridge appears, crossing over the brook.


From here we passed the shelter, where an outdoor recreational group of teens were staying.  There were packing up from their overnight.  Right past the shelter are the falls.  First you have to do a short rock hop to get to the falls.



Once at the falls, we lucked out and had them all to ourselves, the kids staying at the shelter didn’t arrive after packing up.  I quickly took off my shoes and waded in the cold mountain water.  Yes, I did let out a little yelp, it was cold, but oh so refreshing. Mike did a little venturing, but the rocks up  to the next set of  falls were slippery and the path way was blocked by blowdowns, so he descended.



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We sat around for about 35 minutes.  I caught a quick snooze on the perfect rock.

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Time to head back.  On our way back we noticed that the group at the shelter had left, however they didn’t finish putting out their fire.  Mike took care of that.



The air was so warm and the water so cold, that fog was hovering over the water.  This picture isn’t blurry or doesn’t have water on the lens, it is our attempt to capture that fog that just sat over the water.



When we hit the road walk, I said to Mike, a group is coming up.  The group was 129 people from a Catholic Kids Summer Camp.  I am thinking 129 people at once is to many for any trail.  When we got to our car, another bus pulled in carrying at  least 30 more kids from a different group. So happy we had the falls to ourselves.  I just can’t image all those people up there.

As for the weather, no storms rolled in all day by us, maybe we could have been above tree line, but I’m not a big gambler and glad we played it safe.  We had a great hike in beautiful scenery.

The Details:  5 miles out and back, 1100 elevation gain. Total time was 2 hours 38 minutes, that includes our time of hanging at the falls.  Great family hike.

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