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Bondclif Trail to Franconia Ridge Trail

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Pemigewasset Wilderness

Bondclif Trail to Franconia Ridge Trail is a 28.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 28.8 mi Elevation gain 8,704 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bridge out

Bugs

Rocky

Scramble

Description
Waypoints (16)
Facilities

Lincoln Woods Trail Head Parking lot has a fee

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (81)
Photos (3372)
Recordings (57)
Completed (251)
Mark Baum
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HikingBugsMuddyScramble

Staggeringly beautiful. Managed to finish it in one day going counterclockwise but it took 14.5 hours and was absolutely grueling on the final descent down the Osseo trail. The eastern side, Bondcliff, is considerably easier. Drank a total of six liters of water but still ran out sooner than desired. Consider refilling whenever you get the chance.

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Nicholas Breth
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HikingBugsFeeRockyScramble

What a trail, some of the hardest backpacking this state has to offer. Nothing has fully prepared me for this, not my years of camping, becoming an eagle scout, or multiple long over night trails. The trails are very rocky and steep but the views are so worth it. I would recommend bringing only what you need, a camelback, and a pair of hiking sticks. Go clockwise for sure, you will avoid making even harder climbs. Definitely budget 3 full days, we only had 2 and had to skip the bondcliff trail. Amazing trail, but one of the hardest things you'll do.

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Matt H.
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HikingFloodedIcyMuddySnow

CCW the wooden ties on the trail were a bit bothersome at times..the straightness got a little boring. once i got to the base it was much more of what youd expect from a mountain trail. As of May 17 there was still snow at 2000' elevation with an intact monorail at 2500' i stopped at the last river crossing, the rail just dumps you right in and on the other side it looked completely broken up where it met the bank. I didnt bring spikes or poles and had a really tough time on the rail when it got steep. Absolutely awesome scenery at Franconia Falls.

Simon Guérard
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Hiking

Doable in a day, but we had to start at 4AM and finished at 6:30PM. Great hike, doing all the best in the area. Great views

Joe Fortier
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Hiking

Pemi day 2- Garfield, Galehead, South Twin

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Joe Fortier
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Hiking

Pemi day 1- Flume, Liberty, Little Haystack, Lincoln, Lafayette

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Matt Grahovac
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Backpacking

Three days, two nights, 10,000ft of elevation gain, some of the most punishing terrain I've ever hiked on, and...it was totally worth it. Make no mistake, this hike was difficult, in fact, difficult is not a strong enough word to describe how challenging it was. Shouts to those who complete this in a day. I have no idea how, or why you would want to do that. My body was destroyed after three days of doing this hike with a good amount of rest each night. As hard as this hike is, it is just as rewarding. It is hard to put into words how beautiful it is is. Walking along the Franconia Ridge just under the clouds, looking at the landscape is an experience I will never forget. At times, it really felt like I was transported to Middle Earth. I promise, if you do this hike and are committed to completing it, you will not regret it. Some notes: -Make sure to bring a good amount of water, each campsite has a spring (Liberty Springs, Garfield, and Guyot). Overall it seemed like there a decent amount of water options, but due to the distance between them I still felt like I should have brought more water. -RIP to the Guyot shelter (where I slept the 2nd night of my hike) apparently it was the final night it was in use, because they were dismantling it the next day. -Parking at Lincoln Woods is $5 per day, and if you stay at any of the campsites it is $10 for the night. -The loop and campsites were very crowded, as this intersects with the AT and is a popular loop in general, so if you want a tent platform make sure to get to the sites early. -There are two AMC huts along the loop as options to stay for the night, you need a reservation in advance.

Brian Palaia
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HikingNo shade

Boss’s th zilch ok

M. N.
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble
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Gabe Fonseca
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Hiking

Hiked the Franconia Ridge Trail up Mts. Flume, Liberty, Haystack, Lafayette, North Lafayette, and Garfield in 12 hours night fell some rain hit us hard turned and took thirteen falls back by flashlight made it to the car in 17.5 hour great views and a killer workout my legs are still noodles, next time i plan on sleeping after Garfield and complete the loop

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Jeff Tucker
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HikingRockyScramble

Did CW solo/single day. Started at 2:20am and was on Liberty by 5:15 to watch the sunrise. Took all day so I didn't treat it like a race. Had the whole route mapped out with waypoints for gauging pace, etc. I think CW is better suited as Bond in more forgiving than Franconia late in the day when the legs are getting tired.

Jake Tomford
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Hiking

Me and 2 friends did this trail a couple weeks ago for our first hike. A lot of fun and a great views. I would recommend this trail to beginners and rookies.

Chuck Schubert
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amazing....that sums it up :-)

Bob McLaughlin
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Backpacking

Difficult hike, but about as good as it gets! Diehards can do it in a long midsummer day, but between the AMC huts and AT campsites, as well less established campsites, there are plenty of places to spend a night. If the weather is good, it is a great way to spend the time.

David Cedrone
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Backpacking

Excellent hike! Beautiful views from each peak which are worth the effort. The hike was very rugged and it pays to have good spirits and strong legs. We completed a counterclockwise loop starting both days around 4:30am. Day 1 was a successful 18+mile day, which set us up for a shorter second day. Garfield was slow going and easily the most difficult part of the hike. We finished day 2 before noon as we were able to cruise after summiting Flume. Water was very accessible; we carried at least 3L and refilled at Guyot, Galehead, and Garfield. Overall, a phenomenal experience with even better friends.

Danaa Dapearl
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Hiking

We did it in 2 days, 53km (we went the wrong way for 5km ). Very nice hike but not that easy as we did a lot of km each day. Views on the 7 summits are breathtaking. Don’t worry for the water, there’s a lot of place to refill all the way to Galehead Shelter. Make sure to have enough water at this point because the next water supply is on the way down. So you must have at least 2L from galehead to the end of the hike ( if you do it in 2 days ). Many campsite are available all the way. Make sure to not have to much weight in your backpack and hike sticks. For the rest, you must be in shape to do this trail. Definitely recommend.

Connor Gorkin
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Backpacking

Top 2 most difficult hikes I have done; I would not attempt this unless you’re in good shape and are an experienced backpacker. The reward for the difficulty are 7 amazing views atop some of the most gorgeous peaks in the north east. Did it two days highly recommend. Tip: water is scarce between lafayette and last tent site so be prepared before you summit lafayette

Joseph T. User
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Great 3 day hike. Took a couple guys out there for their first time backpacking and they had a blast. Make sure you have enough water containers and know where to refill. And remember leave no trace!!

Chris Pacheco
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Amazing hike with the best views coming from MT Garfield.. .Not recommended for newbies or out of shape hikers. .My hiking partner and I started clockwise finishing coming down the 4.9 mile trail off bond cliff then the long 8 miles on the Lincoln wood trail to the Parking lot...Next will be the Presidential Traverse

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