Falls in the River – A 2nd Connecticut Lake Sojourn

US Route 3 dwindles as one travels further and further north in New Hampshire, following the Connecticut River to its source.   Just as New Hampshire itself grows narrower and narrower as you head towards Quebec, the forest itself seems to encroach more and more on this solitary stretch of road.  We weren’t even sure of our destination.  Carol had simply said, “Let’s go to the Connecticut Lakes.”  I’m not one to say no to such a proposal.

Despite the hopeful sobriquet of “Moose Alley”, on this day we had no encounters with any mammals larger than a chipmunk.  Maybe it was because we were there at mid-day.  All the lakes had wide, barren shorelines due to this year’s drought, but the forests were as green and lush as ever, with just a hint of color from the approaching foliage season.We settled on the Falls in the River Trail, a portion of the Cohos Trail, that leads south from the 2nd Connecticut Lake to a waterfall.  Knowing the water level was low thanks to the drought, we had no great expectations for these falls.  But the weather was sunny and dry so off we went.

Connecticut River

The trail was flat and gentle, with occasional glimpses of the Connecticut River through the trees.We did encounter one other companion on our hike,together with some snippets of foliage.

Connecticut River Falls

And before we knew it, we had reached the falls.  It was beautiful and seemed full, unaffected by the drought.  I wonder what it is like in the spring.  As you can see, we pretty much had the falls to ourselves.  I’ll let the photos tell the story:

Connecticut River Falls below 2nd Connecticut Lake, Pittsburg New Hampshire

Connecticut River Falls

After a nice rest, it was time to head back.  Sure, it was only a 3 mile round-trip hike and not much of a workout.  But this kind of trail is about as kid-friendly as they come and well worth the visit.

Pyrite crystals, Pittsburg NH

Pyrite crystals

Back on the lakeshore, we enjoyed finding rocks that contained pyrite crystals.  Here they were more of a bronze color instead of the bright golden color seen elsewhere.  What discoveries will you make here in the North Woods?

Happy travels!

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