Mount Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty, and Flume Loop

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Mount Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty, and Flume Loop is a 21.6 mile loop trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
21.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
9973 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

forest

views

In this complete Franconia Ridge loop climb you'll grab all four 4,000 foot peaks in the area. On this unbelievable ridge climb you will pass by an AMC hut on the way up then follow a narrow ridge over to Lincoln from Lafayette and then continue on to Liberty and Flume before returning back to the same trailhead. You will climb up the Bridal Path trail to the AMC hut and along the ridge and return via the Falling Waters Trail.

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7 days ago

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28 days ago

We planned on this loop being 21 miles but was only 14 following the track that was shown. Very beautiful views and quick assents but not the distance we expected to cover in 2 days

29 days ago

one of the most gorgous hikes in the east.

hiking
1 month ago

This loop earns a five start review because it packs nearly everything you might be looking for in a long, one day hike. Views are simply and utterly spectacular from the ridge on high as you meander and ascend next to extraordinary views of the Franconia Notch region and surrounding NH peaks. The rigorous climb is no easy hike and there are spots where you will be testing your cardio capacity for extended periods of time. If you start on the Falling Waters Trail (my recommendation), you will get wondrous views of waterfalls and wooded areas leading to the larger climb to the top. The descent on the Bridal Path is visually stunning and will beg you to stop to take it in and take some quick shots with your camera or phone. Well worth the efforts and an efficient way to snag some 4K peaks if you're of the peakbagging set.

hiking
1 month ago

We also added Garfield and Galehead to this trip and stayed at the AMC Greenleaf hut to make it a two day trek. We parked at Gale River trailhead and took the shuttle to Liberty Springs trailhead to start. Ascended via the Liberty Springs trail because it had rained the night before and we were apprehensive about the Flume Slide trail. Great views on Liberty, continued out to Flume and turned around and went back over Liberty before heading to the Franconia Ridge. The trail between Liberty and Little Haystack was moderate and not noteworthy. The Franconia Ridge trail from Little Haystack to Lincoln and Lafayette was just incredible; totally exposed above treeline and amazing. Took the rocky and steep 1.1 mile Bridle Path to the hut and called it a night. Back up Bridle Path in the AM continuing along the ridge to Garfield. The 3.5 miles to Garfield were long and required a lot of ups and downs along the false knolls, but the views at Garfield were worth it! Followed the AT out to Galehead - trail was rocky and very steep to start and the footing was generally sketchy between the two and the summit of Galehead was okay (probably would have seemed better if we hadn't just done Lafayette and Garfield.) Turned around at Galehead towards the Gale River junction and walked the 4.0 miles to the car. Although long, the Gale River trail was a much welcomed stroll through the woods more than a hike. Overall incredible experience! Would probably recommend staying at the Galehead Hut before turning around to go out as the last 5.1 miles from the summit just seemed never ending.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Awesome trail, can be tough in some spots. It would be quite difficult if you plan to tackle this in 1 day.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016