Bondclif Trail to Franconia Ridge Trail

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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.

28.8 miles
8,704 feet

dog friendly





nature trips

trail running







bridge out




Lincoln Woods Trail Head Parking lot has a fee

12 days ago

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

16 days ago

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!!

1 month ago

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Great, great loop. Can really kick your butt if you aren't prepared for the level of intensity, but you'll be rewarded with great views and some great campsites.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A few friends and I thought this would be a good first attempt at an overnight trail. Boy were we in over our heads. Had a blast and took in some breathtaking views. It was worth the sweat, aches, and pains!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November 9, 2016: I started at 0500 and ended at 1900. It was cold, windy, and rainy. There's still some snow on the Lincoln/ Lafayette Ridge. It's a pretty tough climb, but once you're on the ridge top it's pretty easy to get some big miles in.

Friday, March 04, 2016

I love this trail. moderately difficult if done over two days, and be sure to wear sunscreen + bring a warm sweater before summitting in the summer! please go.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My daughter and I hiked this loop in early October. This trail is an amazing challenge, I really am in awe of people who are able to run it. Fortunately the beauty of the wilderness is maintained except in some areas it is scarred by hikers and campers who did not practice leave no trace.
The hike was very beautiful but also very strenuous. The loop provide ten peaks to conquer 8 are over four thousand feet and 2 are over five thousand feet. We did it in 3 days, met a bear thankfully we had a bear canister from the park ranger and strung our dogs food between two trees. The trails are steep straight up the mountain and straight down except when entering and exiting the loop. We got a late start the first night and slept in remote site off of the Mt. Flume and Liberty. We did the loop clockwise where we found little available water except AMC provides access to a spring at Liberty spring if you hike down the MT 0.3miles towards the tent site so plan ahead. You then do not pass water until Garfield pond. The alpine ridge line was my favorite between Mt Lafayette and Garfield. We spent the night at Garfield pond area which was very beautiful. We cut through Franconia Brook trail which skipped 4 of the four thousand footers, quite frankly I was worn out! This made the trip 25 miles rather than 31. After Garfield there is pretty good water availability. When going through Franconia brook the terrain is easy and very beautiful, several streams needed to be crossed which was a lovely reprieve from the unusual heat wave of Columbus day weekend. The night we were near Mt Flume and Liberty Springs some back packers did not protect their food from bears and lost their food and had a visitor in their tent. This is the same area we had a bear encounter but due to planning for a visit the bear lost interest in our tent site. So take the bear warnings seriously. I lived and hiked in the Rockies, Longs Peak, Twin Mt Pemi Loop is far more strenuous so be ready!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This was a great day hike! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a long, tough, but beautiful scenery in the woods. And along with all that, I grabbed 10 4000 footers! I'm a very experienced hiker, and I normally hike 60 miles in the Rockies a day, so this was like a short day to me! That being said, if you're inexperienced, then you probably want to camp to break it up a bit. A very pleasant day in the woods!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

This was the most amazing hiking trip I ever did! We did the loop in 3 days, sleeping at Garfield the first night and Guyot campsite the second one. The first day was really hard since we did almost half of the whole loop, including Lafayette. The other two days were much easier though. Bondcliff and West Bond offers surprisingly beautiful views that we were not expecting at all! Temperature was amazing and the sky was really clear, making it possible to see as far as Mount Washington. I highly recommend this hike to anyone with a bit of experience and a desire for something challenging, you wont regret it!

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