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Welcome to Franconia Notch State Park, located in the heart of the popular White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass traversed by a unique parkway which extends from the Flume Gorge at the south to Echo Lake at the north. For eight miles, I-93 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges. Franconia Notch was the home of the famous Old Man of the Mountain, the same "Great Stone Face" immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster. While you are here, stop at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center and walk through the renowned Flume Gorge, ride the exciting aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain, and visit the New England Ski Museum. Take your time, stop for a swim at Echo Lake, net a trout while fly fishing at Profile Lake, ride your bike on the Recreational Trail, watch for rock climbers, hawks, and falcons on Cannon Cliffs, or hike on the Appalachian Trail. Bring the family, stay awhile, and enjoy Franconia Notch State Park.

Worth the climb! the view is unreal and so rewarding I'd do it again

I would like to say that "very difficult" is an understatement. Although it was claimed as the stairway to heaven, believe me when I say that it was crafted by The abhorrent hands of Satan himself. Despite the first three hours of our traumatizing adventure being simple, the start of the "slide" almost signified the beginning of the denaturing of your muscles. We were continuously lunging, pulling, and slipping on wet, flat rocks which created near death experiences of rolling down an endless death slide to fiery pits of the underworld. As you continue to climb (not hike) your mind starts to realize that you are going much slower than what your body perceives. You begin to become physically unable, mentally unstable and emotionally distraught as you have about 2000 feet left to climb. Now, getting to the Peak is a great feeling. You can finally rest and head back down. Back down? Oh no no no. To get done with this quad-crumbling path, you need to go down the mountain and then UP ANOTHER MOUNTAIN. At this point it's almost like you have been tricked by yours truly, Lucifer. You realize you have to continue to rip your quads off the bone of your leg as you ascend for the second time. You then finally reach another peak and wonder if there's even a way down. You finally descend as if your legs already don't feel like a baby deer when it comes out of the womb. After crushing 87% of the bones of your feet and having all leg muscles encounter uncontrollable spasm, you reach the bottom. Just as you reach the bottom, you come to realize, after having war flashbacks of your body completely combusting, the creator of this trail had the lovely desire to make you walk another mile and a half to the parking lot. Your body is completely destroyed. I don't recommend it unless you enjoy all varieties of pain the rock of pure murder has to offer.

Pretty waterfalls, lots of rocks to scramble over. Steep in certain areas.

1 day ago

Didn't make it because they charge admission...to hike...this is insane

Solar Eclipse Edition - Knowing this summit had an observation tower we decided to cross Cannon Mountain off the list. We knew it would be busy but we were not expecting it to be pandemonium. This hike in general was out of sorts for us and took us longer as we were trying to kill time to watch the solar eclipse. The trail is well maintained but as everyone else stated it is very steep! General rule of thumb if the trail is right off the highway and it is a "short distance" it is very likely it will be very steep. It is difficult and demanding on your body, but you are greeted with quite the views throughout the hike. It is a bit annoying that you can hear the highway the entire time but it is literally right off I93, so it is unavoidable. It does get dull closer to the summit. The other downfall is the tramway is ran year round so when you get close to the summit and at the summit there is a decent amount of tourists especially in the afternoon. There is a little side trail when you hit the main switchback that lets you see Mount Lafayette and Lincoln and it has great views. You can even see the observation tower. There is no actual summit marking, sign, rock cairn etc which is odd considering the tourist area. Either way decent hike but be prepared for very steep on the way up and the way down.

The waterfalls were cool to look at. Well marked and less trafficked than Old Bridle on the ascent to the Franconia Ridge trail.

3 days ago