This trail begins in two separate locations: .3 mile up the highway from the Dry River Campground or from the back of the campground loop. The trail merges a short distance into the woods heading northbound out of Crawford Notch State Park and into the Presidential Range / Dry River Wilderness areas in the national forest. (The trail is rougher than other area trails, therefore, some people use this trail only for hiking a short distance to reach the cold fishing waters.) It begins alongside an old logging road which is now practically unnoticeable due to time. There are several occasions when you must cross Dry River which can be very difficult during high water and should be avoided. If the water level allows passage, the trail northward is gorgeous offering views of Mt. Washington and Mt. Monroe. A little beyond 5 miles into the trail, you'll see a marker indicating Dry River Falls. This small spur trail offers a very pleasant, quiet spot for a break. Beyond the spur trail, Dry River must be negotiated once again. At 6.3 miles rests Dry River Shelter #3. Shelters # 1 & 2 have been removed because of deterioration which might soon be the case with Shelter #3. Note: Dry River Trail offers access to other White Mountain National Forest trails including Mt. Clinton Trail, Mt. Eisenhower Trail, Isolation Trail and Dry River Cutoff Trail.
Directions: From Bartlett, NH, Travel north approximately 12 miles on US 302 to the park entrance. About .5 mile is the Dry River Campground. The trail begins about .3 mile from the campground entrance OR from the rear of the campground loop.
Elevation: 3,125 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
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