Explore the most popular river 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.

10 hours ago

I've done this countless times since I was a child and it never gets old. Love this trail.

I really enjoyed it. The trail was heavily traveled, but it was the beginning of the holiday weekend. Hit a few spots of snow and ice but nothing unmanageable. The summit was windy. I wish I had more time I would of headed up the ridge trail. Definitely go back.

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.

I wouldn’t rate this as hard, more of a moderate hike. The parking is about a mile away from the trail head from the basin, (I used maps app to find the parking and it was different than listed) we walked on pavement on the bike path for about a mile. The waterfalls are beautiful, the hike is not too difficult, and the view at the top of mt. Liberty is gorgeous! Keep in mind, it’s about 0.3 more to the summit AFTER the liberty springs trail. This only takes u to the intersection of Franconia ridge. About 7.7 mi total from where we parked to the top and out. Highly recommend

Magnifique sentier dans la forêt. Ça coûte 16 Dollard par adulte mais ça vaut le coût !! Il y a des panneaux d'interprétation partout, les plantes au bord du sentier sont identifiées il y a des escaliers en bois en parfait état qui nous permet de suivre les gorges. Le sentier aussi est en très bon état. Ça nous a pris environ 1h30. On était sous la pluie et c'était très beau.

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4 days ago

Very good hike, it’s well worth the 16$ fee ! The trail is in perfect condition, and there are a lot of information points along the way. The waterfall is amazing and you know everything about it when you leave. It took us about 1h40. Worth it even under a lot of rain !

Completed the loop in 6 hours. Ascent up Little Haystack had a tiny bit of snow - we didn't need spikes but they could be helpful for that tiny section. Very windy on the Ridgeline. Descent had a tiny bit of snow, less than ascent. Beautiful hike! We saw why it is so popular.

Great scramble to the summit of Mount Flume, with lots of snow on the trail over to Mount Liberty. The scrambling is not that hard for those that are used to rock, and there are lots of side trails to get over any spot that is too difficult. The snow between the peaks was solid, but when it warms up in the next few days you will probably be post holing. Great as a loop as just going up and down Liberty trail would be kind of a bore

05.16.2018 - Hiked up to the lonesome lake via the basin cascade brook trail. The river crossing was difficult. We ended up bushwhacking to find a good place to cross. After about 25 minutes off trail we ended up taking our boots off and wading across and got back on the trail. There was some snow in places. However, it wasn’t really a problem. No micro spikes needed. We ended up going down via the lonesome lake trail to Lafayette place and hiked the pemi trail 2 Miles back to the basin.

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14 days ago

Beautiful scenery! Highly recommend!

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23 days ago

We are new to hiking but this is my favorite hike yet (and we hiked Shenandoah last year). It's off season so there was literally not one other person on the trail. It was still icy in places but melted enough to get around it. The trail features 2 covered bridges, a huge waterfall, frozen falls, the gorge, the rushing Pemigewassett River, a 40 ft deep pool, giant boulders, awesome lookout over the river and gorge, fascinating trees growing around rocks. the temperature change near the river was significant and felt so refreshing! A little steep and challenging in spots but I would say the easy side of moderate. For me, the perfect hike!

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28 days ago

Beautiful gorge with a lovely bubbling brook - just be sure to be there before they open in the morning and be the first to hit the trail if you're visiting in spring/summer/fall. Otherwise it can get unpleasantly busy.

Short, easy walk on paved path to Profile Lake. Great views and a really nice monument paying tribute to the “Old Man” and where he resided.

Beautiful to view in the winter with frozen and running falls. Some icy areas, wear proper footwear to make it easier. Loved the winter beauty!

on Lonesome Lake Trail

1 month ago

nice trail, great views, lake is frozen
steep hike at two spots

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1 month ago

Nice scramble at the end, I'd suggest doing the loop to liberty (and go up via Flume). We personnally get going on the ridge to the franconia loop - big day but worth it! Getting many 4000 footers

It's a nice trail, but don't do that, do the whole loop on the franconia ridge, it's definitely worth the few extra miles! You are already up there, so why skip the best part?

It's a nice trail, but don't do that, do the whole loop on the franconia ridge, it's definitely worth the few extra miles! You are already up there, so why skip the best part?

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1 month ago

We did this back in late September. Nice and easy trail, this was to complement our day on the franconia ridge. It's a nice stroll by the lake, but not spectacular.

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1 month ago

Not a lot of effort for a big reward of a hike. Great waterfall and flume views. Good amount of hard packed snow on the trail. Cramp ons definitely helped but saw other hikers wearing sneakers. Didn’t pass too many people but I’m sure it’s crawling with people in the warmer months.

I have lived about half hour from the flume since 1983. I have only missed a handful of summers when I did not do the trail. It was not until last winter that I realized it could be hiked in the winter.
I finally had the opportunity to take advantage. Trails were great and scenery spectacular.

Gorgeous day, amazing views. This trail is a like a stair on steroids. Definitely going back and doing this in summer once again.

Saw someone running up and down this mountain for a workout. Wow.

The ascent is moderately steep, but it is fairly level at the end. We did this in February, we walked straight across the lake. The views aren’t fabulous, as you are surrounded by mountains that are taller than you, but it is still pretty and unique.

The Basin and the first cascade you encounter are nice, definitely worth a stop. However, I would not recommend going beyond there. The trail becomes steep and eroded, with bad footing, there is also a very difficult brook crossing. Neither Kinsman Falls nor Rocky Glen Falls seemed particularly amazing.

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2 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. It is pretty hard so if hiking isn't done often then pace yourself. I felt t was a great winter hike. Though because of the cold, clouds, and lack of view we did not hit Flume. Couldn't see 25 feet off the mountain but it was fun!

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2 months ago

Went hiking here yesterday and it was beautiful with the snow and ice! Absolutely a must do in the winter. I will never want to come back here in open season again. I have been here in the summer and it was so crowded I was getting annoyed....winter is empty and FREE and beautiful!

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2 months ago

Beautiful winter hike for a breath of fresh air! Scenic!!
Been going here for years and it never gets old! A wonderful spectre of nature and I love the changing scenery during each season! You won’t be disappointed!

do this. every one who is able should do this. so.amazing. if you do it in winter go into the middle of the lake and look all around you. and if you're able, do the kinsmans. it's beautiful. went in late February and didn't need snow shoes because the trail was packed down. but did need cramp ons

The trail at this time of year was very snowy. Combined with a steep incline, you definitely need some sort of crampons or snow shoes.
Views were amazing going up and even better at the top. The lake was frozen enough to walk across, which make for cool photos.
Definitely recommend.

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3 months ago

We went up the Lonesome lake trail and down the Dodge Cut-off. Very mellow. Didn't need snowshoes, only our foot spikes. We passed a family headed up to stay overnight at the hut.

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