You’ll have warmer temperatures and a better chance of clear skies during these months. One thought is its’ great you are writing about hikes on the east coast. Katherine. Loads of folks in sneakers and tshirts, not a clue what they are doing. Oct 6, 2016 - Explore DC Mason's board "Franconia Ridge Trail" on Pinterest. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible. It is clearly marked, and you will be able to navigate directly to it with the map below. It is inexpensive to spend the night, and rarely do the sites fill up, but when they do, they have additional sites closer to the summit. The Franconia Notch Bike Trail, located within Franconia Notch State Park, traverses the length of Franconia Notch along the parkway and provides visitors with access to all the popular park facilities and natural features. Besides hiking to Artists Bluff Trail, the Flume Gorge will be the highlight of your visit to Franconia Notch State Park. At the hut, fill up on water and enjoy some sun on the rocks. These tent sites a great options for overnight hikers. The ridge loop can be hiked within a day, but you can also stay at the Greenleaf Hut if you want to experience the AMC’s famous full-service huts and spend the night. This almost 7,000 acre park is a hiker and out door lovers dream. 78 Miles 125 Kilometers of Trail ... Trails in Franconia Notch State Park - 21. This beautiful trail breaks into some branch silhouetted views as you near the peak. A large focus of our blog is also helping to prepare hikers for the elements and trails. If you are there between the months of June and October, you’ll be able to score some water, a homemade snack and meet the fun and dedicated “Hut Croo” who care for this cozy alpine lodge. N of the summit of Mt. A slight chance of snow showers before 11pm. Having done this hike before, I knew the views were spectacular. A view of Franconia Ridge across the notch. It sounds like cheating, I know, but after the steep climb, it was just the refreshment that I needed before heading up the long and bouldery mile-long trek to the summit. As the second highest ridgeline behind the presidential range, it offers absolutely incredible views, and can be completed within a day, or done as an overnight trek. However, I prefer to take the Old Bridle Path all the way up to the steepest of the three peaks, Mount Lafayette, because it typically is less crowded and offers scenic vistas where you can stop and rest on your climb up to the summit. The most scenic section is the 1.8 miles between Lafayette and Little Haystack. The Appalachian Trail makes its way across the knife edge of Franconia Ridge. With only one car this will require a 2.8 mile walk along the Franconia Notch Recreational Trail. You’d have to ask Pemi SAR, but I bet the loop is the most popular trails for rescues. It’s a decisively strenuous and challenging hike that gives you extreme verticality in three peaks and some extremely stunning views. If you need ideas on great hikes the 4K FB group is filled with smarter people than I. Have fun and thanks for reading! Beginning on the Old Bridle Path, you will ascend to Greenleaf Hut (4,200 feet) in 2.7 miles. Please remember to stay on the trail and leave no trace. "Artist Bluff is a great trail to get great views of Franconia Notch with out hiking the notch itself." Learn More. Franconia Ridge loop is by far my favorite day hike I’ve ever done. Rain, snow, or sun, the Franconia Notch Recreation Trail is always open for fun. As always to garner maximum optimal enjoyment I truly enjoy planning out a hike at least five weeks in advance by mapping out the actual hiking trail map routing to be taken on the day of planned hike by using: they have an excellent free hiking trail map routing tool that enables one to zoom in on the actual hiking trail map routing down to the 200 foot elevation level in order to allow one to actually see all of the really minute graphic details that can be observed, outlined and documented in the form of ones own official personal documented notes to be jotted down and typed up for potential useful reference for the “day of planned hike”; I do that extra level of documented planning detail to help document where I actually took a particular set of interesting inspiring creative beautiful photographs; so that in the future if I go back I can potentially get more of those same kinds of beautiful interesting stock photographs. The elevation gain of the trail is 3,822 feet and is not easy to hike. Be sure to bring enough hydration and energy for a long day. The Franconia Ridge Loop is a great day hike on the western side of White Mountain National Forest. This is one of the most hiked mountain in NH. This trail features over 3,700 feet of elevation gain. Wind chill values as low as -23. It’s easy to lose your direction and zigzag through the boulder field, but in doing so you’re likely to trample the fragile alpine plants, so, tread lightly. The trails all lead off from the Interstate 93 parkway as it snakes its way through the notch. Not only is it a perfect temperature at the trailhead, but its not even cold at the summit. The gorge is open May – November. Hikers will pass right on by the hut and descend to a small mountain pond, where you begin the last heavy 1 mile, 1,500 foot ascent to the Mount Lafayette Summit. The Franconia Ridge Trail is a section of the famous Appalachian Trail, which starts way south in Georgie and ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine. The map below shows all of your trail options. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 5. Difficulty: Strenuous 9.3mi May 12, 2018 Neil J. icy! West wind around 15 mph. From the summit you will descend via the Franconia Ridge Trail to Mount Lincoln (5,089 feet). The Ultimate Trail Guide to the Franconia Ridge Loop in the White Mountains By Bearfoot Theory’s East Coast writer Katherine Oakes.. Up in scenic northern New Hampshire, there is a section of the White Mountains called Franconia Notch State Park. Hikers driving north on I-93 will find the parking lot just after the exit for The Basin trailhead. Northwest wind 15 to 20 mph. 2 reviews #9 of 10 Outdoor Activities in Franconia. Mount Liberty Once at the summit, turn right to go over the rocks and continue on Franconia Ridge Trail for 1.8 miles. Where did you stay after doing this hike? Up in scenic northern New Hampshire, there is a section of the White Mountains called Franconia Notch State Park. ... Franconia Notch State Park Hiking. Finally reaching Little Haystack Mountain, hikers can choose to further on the hike, or head back down via the Falling Waters Trail (rightfully named so). From here, it is only a short trip back out to the parking lot, where you can quickly access the highway on to your next trek. You’re definitely doing it right by giving yourself plenty of time; 10 hours at that pace will be more than enough. As you walk through the gorge, walls of granite rise from between 70-90 feet above you and are only separated by 12-20 feet of space. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -1. Hiking the ridge loop isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s also not exclusively for experienced hikers. Kinsman Mountains. Bearfoot Theory / Outdoor Adventure Blog / New Hampshire Blogs / Trail Guide: Franconia Ridge Loop in the White Mountains. Hello, For my fall Franconia Ridge hike, the forecast looked ideal (65 o and sunny) up until the day of our hike, when the MWOBS showed fog and wind speeds of up to 50 miles-per-hour. Franconia Notch Recreation Path. Chance of precipitation is 70%. The trail finally passes Liberty Spring Campsite and continues steeply ending at the Franconia Ridge Tr., about 1/4 mi. For all the adventure lovers Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop is a must-hike trail. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about, 8 trails This was also my first introduction to the White Mountains. The Franconia Ridge Loop at the White Mountain National Forest in Franconia, New Hampshire is a strenuous 8.1-mile loop hike featuring stunning views of the … Friday Gain 3300' The trail begins at the Lafayette Campground parking lots on both sides of I-93. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -2. Hi! Most hike Franconia Ridge as a loop, beginning and ending at the Falling Waters and Old Bridle Path trailhead and parking lot on Interstate 93N (44.142048, -71.681206) in Franconia Notch State Park. Many consider the 9 mile loop one of the best hikes in the White Mountains and even New England. Just make sure to check the huts availability and book your stay. Sunday Night I am giving myself 10 hours to do this Trail. Parking at the trailhead can get crazy. All you need is a little determination and willpower — oh, and snacks, definitely bring the snacks. Request stays, read about the the seasons, and what the hut has to offer here: Learn More. This is the most common loop for a day hike. Partly sunny, with a high near 4. I was lucky enough to grow up exploring the mountain ranges and gorges of the Franconia Notch State Park and I (along with its estimated 700 hikers per day) have totally fallen in love with the famous Franconia Ridge Loop Trail. It features views along the ridge, and peakbaggers can take two 4,000 footers in only a few short miles. The Franconia Ridge Loop traverses Mount Lafayette Mount Lincoln and Little Haystack (4,780’) on Franconia Ridge, along the second highest range of peaks in the White Mountains. Hike on the western side of the notch today, starting at the Basin parking lot (you can also begin at the Lafayette Campground trailhead, which is a bit shorter to the lake). Hi, The Franconia Ridge Loop – including Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path, “Shining Rock”, Little Haystack Mountain, Mount Lincoln, and Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire:. This is one of the very few trails where the NFS Park Ranger or a volunteer will ask you questions before you go up, in hopes of sorting out unprepared idiots. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. I could go on and on about what other mts to hike in the Whites. You can leave a comment, but you wont be able to add any links. The Franconia Ridge Trail offers truly breathtaking views of the Presidential Range and Pemigewasset Wilderness to the east, while the Kinsman Range, Franconia Notch and Cannon Mountain dominate the landscapes to the west. Fees are paid on site, as reservations for under 6 individuals are not taken. Here you will begin your exposed ridge walk for 1.6 miles ascending and descending Mount Lincoln, and heading over to Little Haystack Mountain. The year-round 8.8-mile paved recreation trail passes some of New Hampshire’s most iconic attractions and is a very popular destination during the summer and fall months with runners, hikers, and cyclists. During peak season, get there early as the parking lots fill up quickly. No parking along I-93 is now strictly enforced. Low around 12, with temperatures rising to around 20 overnight. The climb is over a well traveled rocky path to the summit. Any advice is appreciated! The alpine flora and fauna are very fragile. Hike Time: 4-6 hours I’m just not sure on how tough the Falling Waters Trail is? Franconia Ridge Loop – White Mountains, NH. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. The ridge is comprised North to South of Mount Lafayette (5,249 feet), Mount Truman (not an official 4,000 footer), Mount Lincoln (5,089 feet), Little Haystack Mountain (not an official 4,000 footer), Mount Liberty (4,459 feet) and Mount Flume (4,328 feet). Hey John, Descending quickly, hikers begin to parallel streams that create gorgeous waterfalls, and eventually encounter the largest of the waterfalls near the base, which attracts large amounts of visitors on warm days.