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Upper Snows Mountain and Beanbender Trail
are ski trails, and are used by skiers during the winter.
A mid-length loop with several waterfalls to scramble around and explore, leading to some heavily wooded but relatively flat areas that make great birding areas. You can extend the trail by adding on the Norway Rapids
or Greeley Ledge
trails, as well.
The first section is a steep and root-filled climb from the parking lot to about the intersection with the Elephant Rock
trail. There are few, if any, consistent blazes, but Cascade Path
is marked with bright yellow signs. Once you get to the waterfall at the end of Cascade Path
, keep on the right side of the river and continue climbing up to the intersection with the Upper Snows Mountain ski trail.
This area is well marked, and unlike many ski trails, it is heavily wooded, so the path is wide without being super exposed. At the intersection with the Greeley Ledge
trail, continue down along the "Beanbender" ski trail. This trail is marked as a black on Waterville Valley's maps and does have a significant grade, but it's wide and there are few rocks and other obstacles to trip you up.
You could choose to go back down via Cascade Path
and the Elephant Rock
trail, but Beanbender provides excellent views of Mount Osceola and Mount Tecumseh.
History & Background
This area is part of the Waterville Valley ski area.
Shared By: Evan Moulson