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Loved it. Very strenuous. So worth it. Bring more water then you think you need.

Great hike. I would rate as moderate-hard due to steepness in sections and need to scramble over rocks at times. But very easy to follow and lots of variety of terrain-soft forest floor, rocks, tree roots, etc. I agree that Gus’ Lookout and West View the best places for views but Observation Tower also worth it. Overall I really liked this hike and would do it again. But I would say to expect a good workout. It took me and my husband about 5 hours but we took it easy going up, making frequent stops ;and going down, although taking less time, requires attention to footing and I always find down harder.

Actually breathtaking views. My girlfriend and I were able to finish the loop in about 8 hours. It was tough but it was one of the highlights of my year. I am from Jersey and the huge plus was when we camped out the stars were absolutely unbelievable. Great way to end the night! Us Jersey people are not used to seeing shooting stars and such view able sky's. If you are even considering this hike I would recommend pulling the bandaide and getting the plans together, you will not regret it.

Awesome experience and will definitely be going again!

Such an impressive and gorgeous trek. This hike is no joke, it would be very challenging to do without physically preparing yourself. Well worth it! Once you summit, you are exposed to some truly marvelous views for miles along the ridge. As was suggested to my group, ascending via Falling Waters was a good idea since the rocks were slippery, and descending Old Bridle Path was more comfortable considering our tired legs. That way, too, you can stop at the Green Hut to refill on water (bring plenty!!!) and grab something to eat if you need. Overall, one of my favorite hikes to date and plan to return!

What a great hike. Waterfalls and outstanding views. Yes, the hike was difficult but very rewarding once you reach the top. I’m 45 and my buddy is 44. We took rests along the way and spent some time at the top. In all, we took about an hour in rest time. The hike itself took us around 5.5 hours. We were hiking at a descent pace. I was thankful to have hiking poles. The trail going down (after Lafayette) was aggressive and tough on the legs after a while. Overall, a great hike. One of my favorites.

Amazing views but the hike WAS as difficult as previous reviews say. Probably one of the most difficult hikes I’ve ever done. Very rocky trail and pretty steep in parts but it levels off a lot once you get onto the ridge and that’s also when the views open up and are beautiful for about 2 miles. GPS watch clocked it at 8.8 miles total 4,000 ft elevation gain. It took us 6 hours but we didn’t take many breaks. Definitely worth the effort. Come prepared with food/water and the ridge was windy and pretty chilly when we were there so I was happy to have brought a jacket. Poles would have helped but we didn’t bring any. We were able to get great parking in the lot at the trail head when arriving at 7:15am on a sunday.

Beautiful hike but very challenging. Start early and be prepared with PLENTY of water and food. I drank about 3.5 liters on my own.

My girlfriend and I went up Old Bridle Path. I know its less popular but I would do it again that way. We started around 7:00 and the viewpoints in the morning sun were absolutely serene. It's the quieter trail at that time so we got to enjoy the views mostly by ourselves and our legs were a little more fresh than had we gone up Falling Water. Doing the loop this way means your descent is much steeper which was admittedly tough after an already long day. But Falling Water is now quieter by the afternoon and the waterfalls made for a great treat and a beautiful change of pace, in terms of scenery, at the end of the hike.

All I can say is wow! And ouch! I didn’t expect to do the loop but I ended up doing it counterclockwise on the suggestion of the park lady. Glad I did - what a hike! The worst part imo is hiking up to the ridge. Once you’re on the ridge it seems easier to me - maybe it’s just because the view is so amazing that you forget your hiking. Plan on a full 8 ours though - it will take you that long! This was the second hardest hike I have ever done - the only one harder so far was Mt. Washington.

nice trail lots of people

Absolutely wonderful hike. We are somewhat but not super in-shape, so the hike was challenging, but doable. We took Falling Waters up and Green Leaf down. It had rained heavily the night before and one of the river crossings was a bit tricky with the powerful stream on Falling Waters, we were glad to have waterproof shoes and wished we had brought a hiking pole. Breathtaking views for miles once you clear the tree line. It took us about 7 hours with a number of short breaks and a stop at the top of Lincoln for lunch. We went through water pretty quickly but refilled at Green Leaf Hut, and had some refreshing lemonade there as well. My legs were sore for days but it was totally worth it.

My new favorite hike. Definitely would recommend Falling Waters going up and Green Leaf coming down for the best views. Fraconia Ridge is beautiful and has some nice challenges. Great hike.

My wife and I did this hike last weekend on Sunday and it was absolutely amazing! We started counterclockwise and it was definitely the right decision as ending off by the Hut was a great rest stop. The hike up we were warm but at the top we put on our pullovers. This was the second weekend in September. At the top we were able to see all the vistas and take in the beauty of the White National Forest! Notes: Bring a lot of water. Have cash only for the Hut. Take your time. Walking sticks for your way down.

I grew up in Jim Thorpe, PA but this was definitely the most difficult hike I have ever done.

Once again absolutely beautiful and so worth it!

hell ya was really fun hehe

Great trail. Very well marked and maintained. Steady ascent to summit. Observation tower at top offers good views. Some traffic noise on a stretch of lower middle of the hike, but otherwise quiet. I’m 51 and in reasonably good shape and got to summit in 2.4 hours, skipping the waterfall via the bypass. It took 1.5 hours from summit back to car on same route.

The best hike I have ever done in my entire life. The views are incredible. Just be sure to bring a jacket as hiking along the ridge can be pretty windy.

Great hike...trail was nice and dry! Couldn't imagine doing this when it's wet!
Parked at Pico, hiked up to the top, then took this trail back to Trailhead at Inn at Long Trail...walked back to Pico...7.3 miles.
Hiked with my ski poles, highly recommended!

This hike was amazing. It was hard but if you take your time it can be done. Thanks Mark from Pembroke for the conversation. #hike603

I finally bit the bucket list bullet and hiked the "Ridge". Was on the Falling Water trail at 530 and didn't see many for the first hour. A steep and tough climb, but well worth the effort. The ridge was full of hikers on this holiday. Was able to reach Lafayette by 1200. Had lunch with a couple of friend and headed down Greenleaf and home on Old Bridle path.
A long day with 9.5 miles and couple of sore knees.
Still glad I finally can say I've got that one off my list.

One of the best hikes I've ever done! The elevation gain is a great workout and the scenery will keep you going. I highly recommend this one.

Very challenging hike, I am not an experienced hiker but still completed this hike. The views are amazing, and worth every step!

We have only been hiking about 8 times and this was our first visit here. We did this hike with 3 teenagers, a 10 year old and 3 adults

We went up bridal path trail to the hut then back down.

It was absolutely beautiful and we loved it!!! It’s steep! We are all in good physical condition and still got pretty winded and required many breaks.
Not sure I would want to do this hike if the trail was wet after a rain.

We will definitely return to stay the night and do the whole hike but, without the kids.

Our teenagers slept well on the way home after our hike and they promised to never hike with us again LoL

Hard but simply amazing!!!

The most incredible hike i’ve ever done, although very hard on the knees on the way down. Went up Falling Waters and down Old Bridle Path. Will definitely be doing this trail again!

Best hike I have ever done. Gets busy, so best to leave early. Took us 8 hours with a few breaks and stopping at the AMC lodge for lunch. It is work, but well worth it. Most incredible views of the Whites, even though it was cloudy at the top the day we went. We plan on hiking it again in hopes of a more clear day. We found the descent much more difficult than the climb, but by far the most beautiful hike to date. Glad we didn't bring the dog since it is more suited for small, agile dog-o's. Enjoy!

It was amazing!!! A lot of fun.

My husband and I did this trail on Labor Day. With the holiday there were plenty of people on the trail but not so many that it detracted from the experience. I was nervous going into this hike. We aren't novice hikers but we don't get many opportunities for strenuous hikes since we live in the Midwest. The "knife ridge" and "nerve wracking" notes had me skeptical since I'm a baby about heights but it really wasn't like that at all. Sure, if you walk out onto a cliff you can fall, but if you stay on the trail it's fine.

We went slow and it took us about 8 hours with plenty of stops. I'm not in great shape (but we are in our twenties and are healthy overall) but it was doable with a bit more time. Trekking poles were helpful.

This is one of the most popular hikes in New Hampshire and now I know why . The views from the summit of Lafayette are breathtaking ! It is a little strenuous up to the ridge . One also has to be careful on the way down the loop as it is pretty steep . It was an amazing hike ! Would love to do it again .

Did this trail on Labor Day Monday. Started at Falling Waters, which is a good idea because it's steep and slippery and not ideal for tired legs on the way down. Temperature was close to 90 but we started early and were on the trail around 9am. Finished the loop right at 2PM for a 5 hour round trip. The way down was a lot easier than I had remembered. The final ascent up to Little Haystack is rather steep and unrelenting but got a 2nd wind after getting to the ridge, and the hikes up Lincoln and Lafayette are relatively easy.

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