Lower Glen Ellis Falls, New Hampshire

Below Glen Ellis Falls, there are a number of other very interesting, or at least photogenic, drops along the river. In order to view these lower falls (or maybe better described as cascades), you do have to veer from the path and do a little climbing down the hill that follows the river further downstream. It is not a particularly steep hill, and there are very clearly tracks where people have walked before to see these falls. While they are not nearly as impressive as Glen Ellis Falls, they still have a beauty to them. I think that the drop shown in the first picture below is actually very cool, and a photographer could have a lot of fun photographing the falls at longer shutter speeds.


  1. I arrived at the falls from US-302. At the junction of US-302 and NH-16, head north (really the only option).
  2. After heading north on NH-16/Pinkham Notch Road for a ways, you’ll come to the parking area for the falls. If you’re heading north, it will be on the left side of the road, clearly marked with a sign for Glen Ellis Falls.
  3. The parking area had openings, which was surprising since it was Labor Day weekend, so you’ll probably be able to find spots most anytime. From there, head toward the trail to Glen Ellis Falls.
  4. You’ll pass under NH-16 through a tunnel, and then from there, follow the stairs down to the falls. There are a number of stairs.
  5. After walking down the stairs, detour so that you head further downstream, following the river.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Height: 20′
Length of Hike: 0.8 miles round-trip

One portion of Lower Glen Ellis Falls (September 2010)

Second portion of Lower Glen Ellis Falls

Where in the World is Lower Glen Ellis Falls?


One thought on “Lower Glen Ellis Falls, New Hampshire

  1. Nice! Who knew? Thanks for sharing. I’ll do a bit of scrambling to check out those lesser drops next time I’m up there.

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