Skookumchuck Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Skookumchuck Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Franconia, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.9 miles
3,087 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




nature trips




wild flowers


A scenic and less crowded route to the summit of Mt. Lafayette. The trail starts from the parking lot that serves the north end of the Franconia Notch bike path. After following a brook it climbs steeply on stone steps then the grade eases as the trail climbs to meet the G.R.T. 1km from Lafayette.

2 months ago

Great NH hike. Not too steep. Great views at the top. It looks like they recently thinned the trees towards the bottom and the forest is really pleasant.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Some steeper sections but generally an easy grade. Had some blow down damage but was able to walk around. Didn’t quite make the summit due to icy snow melting. So we didn’t experience the vistas. We passed two other couples who experienced the same. Still a lovely hike.

10 months ago

Fresh snow w/ apx 4 inches in trees near top. some icy spots hidden by snow, so bring micro-spikes. Trees blocking short sections of trail after 2.8 miles. Lots of deadfall closer to treeline, but great exposed hike from there to summit of Lafayette!

11 months ago

This is definitely a less-used trail and that's the main reason I chose it during Columbus Day (aka leaf-peeping) weekend in the Whites. Saw no-one else on the trail and enjoyed a long, moderate ascent. No panoramic views on the way up, save through thick trees, but great views once you reach the ridge and approach Lafayette. Several minor stream crossings, stone steps (that can be slippery on descent), and passes through both golden-leaved birch and conifer forest. If you need a quiet hike on a single-file path, this is for you. Took us 7 hours roundtrip, with generous stops at the top and all along the way.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Myself, my 15 year old son and 10 year old daughter did this trail. It is a long hike on a humid day so bring plenty of water. The stone steps are pretty steep and slippery. It took us around 3 hrs to complete and we moved at a fairly moderate speed. Not a lot other than a large stream with moss covered stones to see and lots of conifer trees. We saw one person coming down on our way up. We passed only him on our way down. Maybe not best choice for scenery, but great for a hike.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Took this trail as an alternative decent from Mt Lafayette. It took forever and wasn't well groomed. Ended up regretting the decision.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Outstanding trail. Clearly marked with blue blazes. Varied terrain with sections following a brook (several easy crossings), sections climbing steeply on stone steps, and sections with easy to moderate grade in fine stands of birch and coniferous trees. This trail has ample trailhead parking, is uncrowned even on weekends, and provides great access to the Garfield Ridge Trail on Franconia Ridge just 1km north and 700. Feet below the summit of Mt. Lafayette. Great views from the ridgeline! It took me 150 min from trailhead to summit of Lafayette. I usually complete trails at between 1/2 & 2/3 the time listed by the AMC guide ( which says 4+ hours for this hike) so your own correction factor for the AMC time is probably accurate for this trail too.

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