Hiking trails in the North Creek region

Pass through the pipe gateway and follow old woods road straight ahead. The road will cross a new road adjacent to new Ski Bowl Village residence. (.1 miles + 3 min.) The yellow marked trail will stay on the old roadway for the entire walk.

In approximately 15-20 min. the old forest road will start following a stream on the right. You will pass through another pipe gateway, 300 feet beyond the gate the roadway turns left. There is a waterfall on the stream adjacent to this turn and in sight of the gateway. Step off of the trail and check out the falls.

Continue walking up the trail for approx. 10 minutes and you will come to a stream crossing of Rabbit Pond Brook. You will have to hop rocks or splash in the stream to get across and continue following the trail.

A few minutes and 600 feet after the stream crossing the trail will start steeply uphill. To visit a large and beautiful waterfall, leave the trail on the streamside (left) before climbing the hill. You will go 50 feet and cross a small stream then walk 150 feet more to the bigger stream and the waterfall.

You can continue up the trail another 10-15 min. to visit a large beaver pond in a hemlock forest.

The second falls is 1 mile from the chair lift, takes 1-2 hours roundtrip and has 300 feet of elevation gain.

North Creek Reservoir

Schaefer Trail, Roaring Brook Gorge

Half-Day Hike

Starting at the train station follow the directions in column one to the kiosk on the Schaefer Trail. Follow the path with blue Foot Trail markers through the blueberry meadow and into the hemlock and spruce forest. Cross an old roadway (.23 miles + 5-10 min. ) up the trail and continue on the marked path gently climbing the slope through the coniferous forest.

Trail descriptions provided by Steve Ovitt, Wilderness Property Management Inc.

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