Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop

HARD 430 reviews

Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Franconia, 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3937 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

washed out

This is a very popular full day hike for good reasons. On a clear day, you are unlikely to find better views in New England. Combine this with strenuous and nerve-wrecking hiking on the 'knife-edge' between Mount Little Haystack, Lincoln, and Lafayette and you have the recipe for a great day out. As a bonus you will ascend three peaks, including the highest mountain outside the Presidential Range - Mount Lafayette.

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1 day ago

I cannot put into words how amazing this hike is. This loop will require every ounce of endurance (physical and mental) that you've got, but you will be rewarded with stunning natural beauty either side of tree line, and once you've finished, you will have a major accomplishment to look back on. Pain never felt as good as it did after the trek. I agree with the majority of people in that going up Falling Waters and down Old Bridle Path is likely the way to go. There are some precarious sections and stream crossings along Falling Waters that I cannot imagine doing after a Lafayette ascent and ridge crossing that would surely make rubber out of my legs.

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2 days ago

This is a serious hike. If you want to make the full loop you must start early and take minimal breaks. All and all, a wonderful full day hike that requires focus and consistency.

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2 days ago

The best hike in the Northeast.

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3 days ago

Fantastic views of the White Mountains, possibly the best you can get. Very demanding hike. I did this in optimal weather this past Wednesday with 3 kids ages 9-14. We went VERY slow. Normally this hike would take me 7-8 hours, however it took us just under 12. Give yourself plenty of time. I used a GPS and just like other hikers have mentioned this is a 10 mile hike.

4 days ago

Breathtaking views, unbelievable terrain, very windy up top (bring a sweatshirt). A challenge for your everyday Joe. I drank 6 liters of water during this hike. The loop is more towards 10 miles total .Go up Falling Waters trail and down Bridle.

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5 days ago

5 days ago

Awesome hike! Great weather and beautiful trails. Stopped at the hut on the way down for some lunch. Thank you to everyone that hauls the food up the mountain every day. Incredible.

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7 days ago

Difficult hike, amazing views and met some really nice & encouraging people along the way!