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“Artists Bluff”, “Franconia Notch State Park”, New Hampshire — Fabulous Vistas; Short, Easy Hike.

by Anura Guruge


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GPS Track of the short hike from my Garmin Fenix 5.

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The operator of the “Cannon Aerial Tramway” told us about this hike and the great views from the top when we took the ‘tram’ on our jaunt up to “Franconia Notch State Park” on June 11, 2018, to do “The Flume“. We went looking for it that evening but ended up going the long way around the loop. Since we had already done a fair bit of hiking that day we called it quits but I planned to go back.

When “Father’s Day” rolled around 6-days later I got the chance. This time we went, for the third time, to “Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves“. After that we headed for “Artists Bluff”.

The start of the hike is across the road from “Echo Lake”. You park as if you are going to the Lake. Just keep on going RIGHT … RIGHT … RIGHT.

From the parking lot … RIGHT. Once you get to the trailhead always stay to the RIGHT. Right at the top, take a RIGHT (but that is clearly marked in red on a boulder).

Trivial hike, though there is a slightly steep bit — albeit with granite steps. Pre my GPS, it was ONLY 0.16 mile to the top! NOT much elevation either; 204′ per my GPS, starting at 1,928′ and going up to 2,133′. Teischan and I made it to the top in less than 10 minutes.

Great views. Nearly as good as you get from going to the top in the ‘Tramway’ and that can cost you $16.

Highly recommended. I will be going back.


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“Cannon Aerial Tramway”, “Franconia Notch State Park”, New Hampshire — June 11, 2018.

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Click to access the official Website for the Aerial Tramway.


Teischan and I took this in on Monday afternoon, June 11, 2018, after we had done the ‘The Flume‘. We actually got the combined ‘Discovery Ticket‘ that included both attractions. They are, however, not close together, the ‘Aerial Tramway’ about 5 miles to the north of ‘The Flume’.

It was a BLAST. We lucked out with the weather. Near perfect visibility of around 72 miles (according to the tramway operators). It was spectacular. The vistas were just magnificent.

Though she is a skier this was Teischan’s first time in a ‘big’ cable car. She liked it. As a veteran of Italian alp skiing I have been on bigger cable cars that went to much greater heights. But, this is the first time I have gone up a ski resort in Summer. It was fun. So much so that I will do it again.

Highly recommended — especially if the weather is good. We lucked out in that it was a Monday before the Summer rush. We were told that it can get very busy and crowded. That probably won’t be as much fun.


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“Flume Gorge”, “Franconia Notch State Park”, New Hampshire — June 11, 2018.

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GPS track of our 3.59 mile hike from my Garmin Fenix 5. Click to ENLARGE.


Teischan and I made the trek on Monday, June 11, 2018. Now that she is being homeschooled this was to count as a Field Trip — her second on successive weekdays. It was our first time to ‘The Flume’. We were going to go a couple of years ago but ended up going to “Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves” (in Lincoln) because Teischan loves to clamor around inside caves.

Glad we made it to “The Flume”. Interesting and different and one heck of a pleasant hike. Teischan described the ‘Flume’ section as ‘Cool’! So, that was good.

Being a Monday it was not busy. There were two school buses in the Parking Lot but we did not encounter any kids until we were back at the Visitor Center around 2pm. So, that was good.

Very scenic with plenty of moving water — in addition to the tranquil pools. Very relaxing. Easy hike/walk. We did the full, complete loop, with even a couple of small extensions.

Well worth visiting. We made a whole, productive day of it also taking in the “Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway” — which was spectacular — and the near Acadian “Echo Lake”.


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