This easy out and back hike heads up the Drakes Brook valley to the Fletchers Cascade, a picturesque series of chutes and ledges that begins on the boggy summit of Flat Mountain. This is a 3.2 mile out-and-back hike and takes approximately 1.5-2 hours.
Distance: 3.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 710 feet
Time: 1:30-2 hours
Park at the Sandwich Mountain Trailhead and begin your hike on the Drakes Brook Trail to the left of the parking lot. The trail gradually winds alongside the river before it splits onto the the Lower Fletchers Cascade cross country ski trail.
At the top of a hill you will then leave the ski trail and take the Fletchers Cascade Trail which angles up along the left-hand side of the brook. Careful foot placement is required as it can be wet in several sections. After entering the Sandwich Range Wilderness, you will cross a stream and ascend a stone staircase. From here the trail becomes steep for a short distance, ascending directly beside the brook.
When you reach a tall rock face the trail will then take a sharp turn to the left which will lead you directly to the waterfall.
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