Lonesome Lake Trail

MODERATE 187 reviews

Lonesome Lake Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1033 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Lincoln or Franconia, NH: This trail is located in the southern most parking area of Lafayette Campground which is located on I-93 about midway between the towns of Lincoln and Franconia.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike! Middle of trail going up was more aggressive than other parts but definitely worth it! Cozy little pond at the top along with a hut. Food and snacks are available for purchase once there.

hiking
2 days ago

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4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Moderate and civilized. Bathrooms at top and Food! Fun with great diversity. Something for everyone. Saw groups of school children with packs heading up for a few day stay at the hut. My kind of classroom. Recommended.

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5 days ago

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hiking
11 days ago

It was raining a bit when I started so there weren't a ton of people. When I was going down, I passed at least 30 people because the rain had just stopped. It felt OK for me to do in the light rain as long as I was careful (and I consider myself very cautious/ nervous). It's a steep climb up but really pretty at the top. Part of the path around the lake involves walking on log paths over swampy areas. To be clear about the view, when you get to the top around the lake, you will be looking up at mountains behind the lake, not looking out and down at a view from the top (in case that's what you want).

hiking
15 days ago

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15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Somewhat steep at parts, but the views of the lake are amazing and a nice reward for all the hard work. Very dog friendly, but the walk around the lake can get muddy, if that bothers you. Definitely check out Lonesome Lake hut!

hiking
17 days ago

Such a great hike! My boyfriend and I completed it in about 2 hours, round trip. Incredibly rewarding view at the top and a lovely hut to relax, refill water, and use the bathroom if need be. :)

19 days ago

22 days ago

So incredibly gorgeous! Great workout on the way up rewarded with such incredible beauty and peacefulness. I could've/should've done the lake loop several times before leaving, it was that perfect.

hiking
23 days ago

nice

beautiful

hiking
26 days ago

Not sure which trail I did, but all I can say was it was a freakin hike and a half. I'm not a super experienced hiker and hiking up to the hut at the top was tiring, but so worth it once I was to the top. Gorgeous views and it was a perfect day.
Edit: It was called the Lonesome Lake trail. :)