Approximately 10-15 minutes up the trail you will pass a big double base oak and enter a hardwood stand with an over-story of large Red Oak. The trail will become steeper and take two sharp turns.
You will hear the roar of the creek as the trail approaches the edge of Roaring Brook gorge. The trail will follow the top of the bank uphill and offer filtered views of Oven and Crane Mountains. (15-20 min.)
The trail will then veer away from the top of the embankment make a left turn and cross a small stream. Then it will descend into the gorge. (5 min.)
This is the place to turn around if you are uncomfortable on side hill and rocky trails.
Carefully walk around the boulders by the ledge rock outcropping as you approach the stream. As you walk along the brook you will see flumes and small falls. There is a great place to stop at a large waterfall with a pool at its base.
The falls are 1 mile from the kiosk, this portion of the hike takes 1 to 2 hours roundtrip and has 500 feet of elevation gain.
Climb up the roots of the large yellow birch tree to the right of the waterfalls. The trail will go across the slope then switchback to the left at the top of the bank. A couple of hundred feet further you will come to a nice high view point of the stream and falls.
The trail will reenter the gorge and follow the stream. In 5-10 minutes you will come to a large boulder wall along the new Eagle’s Nest alpine ski trail. Follow the blue markers to the right around the wall then cross the ski trail beside the new bridge and continue along the creek, following it upstream.
Trail descriptions provided by Steve Ovitt, Wilderness Property Management Inc.