Little Haystack via Falling Waters Trail

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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.

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15 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in Franconia! Tough hills through and through but the last 3/4 mile will give you a run for your money - awesome views once you’re up little haystack

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snow
25 days ago

Beautiful hike, something interesting around every turn. Really windy and much colder at the top so be sure to add layers before you cross into the Alpine Zone.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Just hiked the falling waters ,up lil haystack over to La Fayette ,and down old bridal path best hike ever but payingfor it now. hard trail well worth it. was amazing 100%vis for ever.

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rocky
2 months ago

Such an awesome hike! Hiked this yesterday for the first time and it didn’t disappoint. Very well marked. Trail crosses a river a few times so make sure you have good footing. Beautiful, tall waterfalls along the first 1-1.5 miles. Sections of steep boulders that’ll be a challenge for some. Make sure you bring layers as the temperature at the summit is much different than at the parking lot. Summit provides beautiful 360 degree views and if you still have gas in the tank you can continue 1.7 miles to Mount Lafayette.

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snow
3 months ago

Did the trail yesterday Oct 19. Up Falling Waters to Mt Haystack and back the same way. Very scenic with the waterfalls in the first mile and a half or so. It is a climb all the way and gets tougher as it goes. Lot of boulder scramble. 5 creek crossings, so being sure of foot is helpful. Wet leaves make for a slippery path. Small detour to Shining Rock is worth it. Ice and snow on the upper 2 miles section and gets more so as you climb. Slippery all along so microspikes/crampons are a very good idea. Saw many people with tennis shoes- tough under those conditions to get all the way up. Beautiful view at the top of Mt Haystack as the windswept ice blows around. The mountain sides are covered in shades of yellow and brown. No reds this year. We scrambled back down the same way and again the crampons were a great help. Seemed like coming down Falling Waters required us to search for trail markings (blue blazes) more often, esp after creek crossing. Definitely hard work coming down as those same rocks seem worse looking down! Highly technical, be prepared for cold weather rap at the top, bring crampons for a faster trek, and don’t carry your children on back pack frames!!! Saw two families with not so small children with the father carrying the child on the back. One father told me- 40 lbs. And I thought, how crazy do you have to be to risk harm to yourself and to the child (who did not have a say!) to bring them on this trail, esp under these slippery conditions. One wrong step, one slip and wham.. head injury! Creek crossing requires jumping from rock to rock. This is a Hard trail. Tough but with a great payoff. Will be back to do the full loop.

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snow
3 months ago

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3 months ago

One of my favorite trails! Challenging, but it's definitely worth it.

Beautiful beautiful hike on a fall day

hiking
4 months ago

I took falling waters to haystack, over to Mt Lafayette and down old brindle. It was incredible and I highly recommend it (and going the counter-clockwise direction). This is the first “hard” trail I’ve done and it earned the title. The trail is more rocks then path but there are ample blue markers along the way. I never felt unsure of my location. Coming down old brindle, there are much less markers but the path is more clear and less rocky. Mt Lafayette was in the clouds but haystack has the 360 views. If you can plan to be in the area a couple day to catch a sunny day, it’s worth being flexible.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Went up this trail and down the bridle path. I’d say give yourself 8 hours to do this loop, alotting yourself time for many breaks to enjoy the views. Avoid hiking this one on busy weekends or be prepared to follow around squadrons of tourists donning cotton t-shirts, a single bottle of water and love to step on the alpine plants.

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washed out
5 months ago

Tough climb. Had to lift my dog at one point (75lb lab) at waterfall. Wouldn’t suggest taking a out of shape dog on this hike. Especially if coming back down this trail, could definitely see it getting tricky. Views amazing would suggest hiking to mt. Lafayette if your not out of steam when you hit the peak.

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5 months ago

Beautiful, fun and challenging hike to the top of the first summit. ( coming up falling waters trail) From the reviews, and a friend, I felt inspired to do the loop. I am a fit 57 year old woman and it took me a full 8 hours. It was cloudy so no views at the top but I could only imagine how stunning it would be. There were many people but no lack of time alone to enjoy my peace. I felt safe always knowing someone would be along. Everyone was so friendly and it is also reassuring to meet up with the occasional volunteer eager to educate and answer questions. I would do it again on a sunny day but feel less inspired on a cloudy day.

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