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Purgatory Falls Out-and-Back

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 4.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A long out and back past three falls.

Liz

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5.2

Miles

8.4

KM

96%

Runnable

649' 198 m

High

323' 99 m

Low

504' 154 m

Up

504' 154 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall

Overview

This run is a lovely one to do on a hot summer day. The trail parallels the brook the entire time and is almost always shaded, keeping you cool. Visit just one or all three of the falls as you run this one.

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You can start this run from either end, however, starting at the lower falls parking is generally more popular as you'll run up and then have a nice long downhill on the return trip.

From the Lower Falls parking area take the Purgatory Brook Trail. There are several side trails you can opt for but if you want to make a short loop or add a few miles. Staying on the Purgatory Brook Trail you'll reach the Lower Falls in just a half-mile. The Lower Falls are quite impressive. The river is divide above by a few rocks causing several streams to cascade into the large pool at the base.

From here, continue venturing north along Purgatory Brook. Though the shade and nearby water cool things off, it does also attract some bugs, so bring along some repellant to keep them at bay. You'll pass both intersections for the Wah Lum Loop. After a little over two miles of running, you'll reach the Middle Falls and before long the Upper Falls and the end of your run. After enjoying each cascade, return the way you came.

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Lower Purgatory Falls by Josh Graciano (https://www.flickr.com/photos/newmundane/) licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)
Nov 25, 2019 near Wilton, NH

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