Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Franconia Notch State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 hours ago

Nice easy hike year round.

The elevation made it tough, but my 7 y/o daughter and I had a great time.

Took my sweet husband on a short but difficult trail on his Birthday. He took great photos & lead the way part of the time

in the clouds the whole time so no views to speak of. The trail was wet and muddy in sections from rain the previous night which made the descent harder and a little longer. all in all a good hike I'll do again if I can get a mostly clear day.

Well we started at 9AM to attempt both summits with our dog / mountain goat and it was just too hot for the poor guy so we made it to Lonesome Lake and ended the hike there.

ABSOLUTELY stunning hiking from the trail it’s self to the incredible lake! We will definitely be doing this again and finishing the two summits just have to leave our fur baby behind:( or we will camp next attempt.

Definitely steeper than we thought from the start but again well worth it! Also we did this in June so don’t forget your bug spray!!!

Can’t wait to do it again and complete the rest of the review!!

Much harder hike than I thought it would be. The view at the top is well worth the effort.

Love love this little hike!! GREAT VIEWS for little effort!!!

Great hike. Not as terrible or terrifying as others have indicated here. Hiked 6/2, conditions were wet but footing was solid. Beautiful views at the top and along the trail on a clear day.

Beautiful! The views ramp up as you go along, each section of the falls larger and cooler than the last. The trail is mostly shaded and the water was cold in June. We ran into maybe two groups and there are several “trails” to walk along to avoid running into people. I put it into quotations because it is not well marked (look for red lines on trees) and people have made a lot of paths to get around downed trees. Be prepared to watch out for roots and big rocks. The hiking isn’t too hard if you pay attention. We brought a terrier sized dog that’s in good shape and she did pretty well but was tired by the end. We needed to keep an eye on her while jumping around the rocks. It’s worth going up to the end of the trail but the second to last water fall has an island in the middle of the gorge that’s perfect for a picnic.

Great day hike day with AMAZING views! Did this March 31st and there was still at least 3ft of snow closer to the summit. Definitely need crampons but definitely doable. Highly recommend this hike on a clear day because the outlook view before the summit is breathtaking! Also at the summit there is a ski lodge you can grab a well deserved cold beer before heading down.

The climb down was easy for experienced hikers we did it in 57 minutes with snow, compared to the 2 hours it took us to get to the top with a few breaks along the way and stopping for lunch at the outlook. All in all a great hike and will be doing it again to hit the other summits in the 48, 4 thousands footers of NH.

This was not an easy hike and took us about 6 hours to/from the parking lot with a few breaks and lunch. With a 4 hour round trip from the city, it was a long day but DEFINITELY worth it. Gorgeous views once we reached the second summit and you could see Mt Washington in the distance. The rocky climb and descent was really a meditative experience!

this hike is really 9.7 miles! but had a blast today. perfect conditions. did it in 5 hours!

hiking
15 days ago

We started at the basin. I think it took us about 4 hours up and down. It was a bit hard at the end but going down was easy. I had my 2 year old in a hiking backpack carrier.

Awesome waterfalls. Well worth the hike. I agree that it wasn't well marked

hiking
17 days ago

Did lake trail to hi-cannon trail up to kinsman ridge trail to get to the cannon observation tower. It had rained overnight, so frail was a bit slick and it was pretty woodsy for the first 1.5 miles, then some overlooks appeared.

hiking
17 days ago

My last review should have shown that was in April

hiking
17 days ago

Nice hike to the hut. Continued on to Kinsman pond with micro spikes

hiking
18 days ago

Did this hike in winter. It's quite a steep scramble for a moderate level trail, especially when there's ice. We basically sat and slid the entire way down, which is fun in its own right, but it definitely didn't qualify as hiking. If you hike it in winter definitely bring crampons. Sticks would be helpful in any season.

If you can do stairs you can conquer this ! Worth the effort

hiking
19 days ago

This was a moderate hike that got harder towards the end, but the walk around the lake was easy and pretty. The brownies at the Lonesome Lake Hut were a hit!

Straight up to get there, but once your there the loop around the lake is so beautiful. Lots of people and dogs on the weekend. Fun hike.

Trail is marked with red blazes to Georgiana Falls, but is still hard to follow. As long as you follow the river you can't get lost. The last half mile or so is very steep but worth it. Beautiful river trail. Dogs loved it. Followed an unmarked trail to try and find Harvard Falls but did not have time to make it there.

Nice challenging hike up Flume Slide and a decent trek over to Liberty. Great day for it and Id do again in a heartbeat

Great trail but missed the views due to the overcast...will definitely be back!

Awesome views at the top!

An incredibly easy and scenic walk through the mountain valley. When I envision a picture perfect mountainscape, it is the view that I see on this trail that comes to mind. And the best part is the refreshing swim in either Profile Lake or nearby Echo Lake. It simply does not get any better. Well maybe if the trail offers some more challenge but those are plentiful in the White Mountain.

Beautiful hike! Hike was a lot of fun, the stairs were a neat addition. Views were beautiful from both mountains!

Looking to hike this Wednesday may 30th. Is there still snow

hiking
27 days ago

Nice short hike with good views

I consider myself a somewhat experienced hiker having hit a few 4000+ peaks and a couple 5000+ peaks and this was one of the tougher hikes I’ve done. I was warned about the “Slide” and got up it okay but there are some areas where one slip on the slippery rock face could get you seriously injured so definitely be careful going up Flume Slide and avoid going down at all costs. Amazing 360 degree views with peaks on all sides from Liberty summit in particular. Steady climb down Liberty Springs as well which my knees weren’t happy about. The entire loop of roughly 10 miles at a steady pace including probably an hour and a half of breaks took 7.5 hours.

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