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Little Haystack via Falling Waters Trail

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Franconia Notch State Park

Little Haystack via Falling Waters Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,024 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Falling Waters Trail follows the rocky, rushing Dry Brook upstream to meet the Franconia Notch Trail. 0.5 miles below the summit is a 0.1 mile spur trail for "Shining Rock". This is an exposed slab of granite 200 ft tall by 800 ft wide.

Awesome hike yellow lab made it up and down also pretty well - some rough parts in case you have a dog! :)

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rocky
17 days ago

Great trail. Views at the top are worth the steady incline that seems never ending. Definitely recommend hiking poles for the hike down. Lots of boulders, especially once you pass the first 2 waterfalls. Conditions where perfect, a little mud and some bugs. Overall not bad. Did the entire hike in 5.5 hrs. 4 miles up and 4 miles back to car.

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19 days ago

What a beautiful hike! Definitely a burner all the way up. Muddy in places and you will cross the waterfall a few times so pack in waterproof shoes. It got to about 40 degrees and extremely windy at the top so good to pack in a jacket. Hiking poles will be useful on your way down as it's very rocky.

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rocky
20 days ago

First 4000 footer. This trail is unbelievably great. It’s not too long but it’s steep and the views are great once you get to the top. I love that follows Dry Brook halfway up the trail and there are small waterfalls along the way. After that, that's when the steep starts and doesn't stop till the top. But its easy stepping on rocks not climbing. No bugs too. Next, I will do the full loop & bring my dog!!

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rocky
29 days ago

Great trail! Even brought my dog! But only halfway because then it gets more difficult

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snow
1 month ago

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snow
1 month ago

I love this trail, today was my second time doing this loop hike from falling waters to little haystack to Lafayette and down old bridle. Much harder today than last summer. Still a lot of packed snow and ice, was a scramble to get up. I used a walking stick but could have seriously benefitted from poles and spikes. And since it’s all melting, the falls were in full force! Beautiful, yet made the stream crossings difficult. Fully submerged my feet in the rushing water, and had to take a little more time to figure out the best places to cross at, but was worth it. Trail is always marked very well.

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washed out
1 month ago

Tried to do this the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. It was warm and I think the extra snow melt took this trail from “hard” to “unwise”. I got to the last half mile or so (I think - no GPS) and had to turn back as the river crossing was knee deep and fast. Didn’t see a way it could have been done safely with that much water. Rest of the hike was gorgeous, and in a few weeks will be great to make it to the top.

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rocky
snow
1 month ago

one of the best hiked around, I recommend doing the entire loop instead of in and back. Great water falls, great bald summits and ridge, view of cannon and everything else is unreal. I don't recommend descending down little falls in this snow.

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