Hiking Glen Ellis Falls
Glen Ellis Falls trail is an easily accessible, kid-friendly hike in Pinkham Notch. Some may classify it more as a walk, with stairs, than a “real” hike. Whatever you choose to call it, the views are worth the small effort to get to the falls. The trail is about .3 mile each way, with approximately 100 ft of elevation change. The trailhead and parking lot are right off Rt. 16 just a bit north of the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Although the parking lot is big enough for dozens of vehicles, it does fill up on sunny weekend days. A vault toilet is available near the parking lot.
The trail is heavily used and can be muddy after a rainstorm. Well-constructed stone steps are on the slopes, but handrails are often only available on one side. The trail follows the river on its way to the 64-foot waterfall, providing a pretty view along the whole hike. We stopped to take lots of pictures as we went and read the informational plaques.
When we got down to the base of the falls, there was a set of steps to go up near the top of the falls. On a breezy day, this was a lot of fun because the spray from the falls misted over us! We went to Glen Ellis Falls on a Saturday afternoon, and it was rather crowded. We had to circle around the parking lot to find a space, and there were a lot of people on the trail and at the falls. I would recommend visiting on a weekday, and going in the morning if possible. This was a very rewarding hike for young children and beginners.