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hiking
23 hours ago

Beautiful trail. The lake and trail that loops it are worth the climb. Be sure to check out Lonesome Lake Hut! There are bathrooms there and places to change if you want to swim!

This is a really nice hike in Franconia. Although the incline is steep at parts, it levels off shortly after. Definitely less strenuous than the trails up the ridge across the highway.

At the lake is a lovely dock that gives views to Franconia Ridge and Cannon. This is a great place to stop for lunch. Curious and friendly resident ducks on the lake may come up to you, but don’t feed them! They are fun to watch though.

It can get a bit muddy around the lake, but bog bridges help mitigate that.

I took the Dodge Cutoff Trail back down. It was less developed than the LL trail up. No staircases on Dodge. Less people though. I’d recommend going back down the way you came though.

Really nice hike, a good way to pass a few hours.

Nice view from the top, cool rocks on the ledge. I would rate this moderate, there were some steep parts up and down, about 2 hours up, 1 hour down.

Not easy! Definitely moderate, some pretty steep climbing. It was beautiful but tough for a family

A great hike, but should definitely be rated as a moderate level. The rock scramble at the top was definitely not for first timers within an experienced guide with them. This was My birthday hike with my 26 year old son! It rained and was overcast, but it was an awesome trail, hike and day! Would definitely do it again!

Tough uphill, a little muddy at the top. Nice views.

Does anyone know if the road to the trailhead is open?
Thank you

hiking
6 days ago

Great, well marked trail but don’t let the rating fool you! Almost immediately, we went straight up and it did not relent until we reached the top! We followed red to the top. Coming down was also well marked and groomed. We followed orange down to the 2nd white junction and hung a left to head down white. White took us to a dirt road we took a left on that and we walked the road the rest of the way to our car! (The road was easy) I would say this aired on the side of moderate!

hiking
7 days ago

We did this with our two children age 3.5 and 5.5 y and it was a big success. The young one was in my back for the first half and then he wanted to climb on his own. It was a lot of fun. I recommend this trail for any family with minimum experience. Hiking boots are a plus since some sections are somewhat rocky.

Awesome begginer hike to get you fitted for more bigger hikes. Trail gets steep for a ways. Beautiful lake and hut. Recommend doing the full trail around the lake. Great views!

Good hike. Use insect repellent, the bugs are bad. Not much to look at scenery wise but it was a good easy hike nonetheless. Trail was well marked.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful and easy loop. I was happily surprised with the trail and what if offered to see. There were a lot of mushrooms that I’ve never seen in my life. Also cool to find blueberries, chipmunks in the wild, and a bunch of unique trees and plants. Highly recommended!

Great little hike and nice spots for picnics on the pond. Only heard the call of the loons. Meditative.

Hard trail run, steep ascents for both North and South Mtn. Great views. Lovely spot.

on Lonesome Lake Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Steep climb most of the way up with many roots/rocks. Went with our kids and they made it but it was tough. Overall a great workout and many people were getting winded making it to the top. View of lonesome lake was nice with a surprisingly strong breeze to cool us off.

hiking
18 days ago

Even though the uphill climb was a bit rocky it was well worth the lake views at the top!

love. short but tough hike with an exceptional reward waiting for you at the top. Seeing the water sparkling through the forest was a joyful sight and swimming in the soft water felt luxurious. The walk around the lake was dense and a bit muddy but gorgeous views all around.
my dog enjoyed it too.

I was wondering why this trail was kicking my butt and then realized I gained 1000ft in half an hour! Once you get past that it’s easy, and the view is amazing.

hiking
22 days ago

Hi, I was wondering is there parking?

Loved this hike. Very remote. Off the beaten path. Hiked it just after it rained so some spots were slippery but overall really enjoyed. Not too difficult

Love this ride! One of my favorites in the great USA

27 days ago

typical Bellknap range hike, easy to moderate effort for great views.

hiking
27 days ago

I love to do hikes alone but sometimes get a little nervous when it is not marked well. No problems with that on this trail, very well marked! Bring some empty containers in case you time it right with the wild blueberries. Still some small ones at the top but definitely at the end of their season.

hiking
27 days ago

Long steady climb but i've seen worse in the area. I would rate it moderate and worth every step. The panoramic view of Lafayette,Lincoln and Haystack was spectacular. Great for pics. The walk around the lake was so peaceful and serene. Love love loved it!

Beautiful finish. Lots of roots! Be careful.

Great hike with kids ages
5,6 and 9

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this hike short on miles but don’t let that fool you it definitely packs a punch with its steep elevation. If was super fun, the lake is beautiful and don’t forget to pack something to swim in believe me it’s so beautiful you’ll definitely want to. Also the Hut is amazing 

Tons of fun for a minimum moderate experience

1 month ago

Nice and soft on your feet, rolling hills, beautiful lake supporting loons;we sat on a rock and watched the loons flew circles around our heads. a real show off.

hiking
1 month ago

The lake on the top is so beautiful! don't forger your swimming suit.

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