Explore the most popular camping trails near Lincoln with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike with kids ages
5,6 and 9

hiking
1 day ago

I loved this hike short on miles but don’t let that fool you it definitely packs a punch with its steep elevation. If was super fun, the lake is beautiful and don’t forget to pack something to swim in believe me it’s so beautiful you’ll definitely want to. Also the Hut is amazing 

Very mild until the steep .7 up the north. It is steep but there’s no rock scrambling or anything that exciting. The woods between the 2 peaks are nice. Nothing to rush back for but it’s checked off the to-do list

Absolutely amazing views from Bondcliff-my favorite by far. We spent a long time there. The trail is flat flat flat forever. I wish we had ridden bikes in and chained them. One smart person did that. It took us about 8 hour soto hit the Guyotte campsite. It was crazy crowded there. There’s a great sunrise from the shelter ( it’s being torn down soon). There’s plenty of water sources. I’m not a huge fan of carrying a 25 pound pack but this hike made it pretty sweet. Only one scramble near the summit of Bondcliff. The ridge hike is sweet.

Don't let the first third fool you - the trail gets vertical about a half mile before the peak. Someone else suggested up South, down North which I will also suggest. Getting down south would be a bit more challenging. Views at the top aren't 360° but they're gorgeous regardless! Only gave this 3 stars because there's really nothing outstanding or memorable about the hike up. (it's also way closer to 10.2 miles than the 9.1 listed)

hiking
6 days ago

The lake on the top is so beautiful! don't forger your swimming suit.

Top 2 most difficult hikes I have done; I would not attempt this unless you’re in good shape and are an experienced backpacker. The reward for the difficulty are 7 amazing views atop some of the most gorgeous peaks in the north east. Did it two days highly recommend.

Tip: water is scarce between lafayette and last tent site so be prepared before you summit lafayette

This trail is one of the best hikes in the Whites, and the views from above treeline are, in my opinion, the best in all the ranges here. It starts out with a 2.9 walk along the Lincoln Woods Trail. Some might call that part boring, and it's true there's no real views. But, it is a great way to loosen up both pre- and post-hike. Even once you're on the Bondcliff, the real elevation gain isn't until the end. Once you start gaining some altitude, there are some really fun scrambles, though not too difficult. Once above treeline, the views begin and never stop. This was 19, 20, and 21 on my NH4000's. I've done all the 5000+ footers, and Washington. To me, for pure eye candy, Bondcliff blows them all away!

Great 3 day hike. Took a couple guys out there for their first time backpacking and they had a blast. Make sure you have enough water containers and know where to refill. And remember leave no trace!!

hiking
14 days ago

Fairly easy hike but great to hike to the lake and the lodge! You can even take a swim when you get to the top!
I also recommend trying this hike in the winter!! It’s so much fun to walk across the frozen lake!! Don’t forget your micro spikes

WOW! Absolutely STUNNING! Worth every minute especially once you hit ridgeline! The first 9miles are fairly flat with elevation gains as you get closer to the treeline. But once you hit that mini boulder scramble get ready for insanely epic views for the entire ridgeline! I absolutely would do this hike again! But I will say if you plan on doing the WHOLE thing start early, this is definitely a summer hike as the days are longer. On the positive because it is fairly flat in the beginning you can deal with a dark walk in or out with decent headlamps or flashlights. Which is what we did, we started at 3:30am and hiked the first 1.5hrs with our headlamps till we could see comfortably without them. Finished around 5:51pm and that was with adding in Guyot at the end of the ridge. And of course tons of pictures. One of the best views so far! We have 31 of the 48 done!

hiking
17 days ago

starts flat and picks up all the elevation in the last mile. the view from both the peaks is incredible. we did South then North, and it worked out well, although it seemed like North-South is a more popular direction. there were as many as 7 river/steam crossings, not all of them straightforward. perhaps that's the effect of early spring, but expect them.

hiking
18 days ago

Not bad if a hike. Short, but some rocky and steep areas. The lake was so relaxing and calm, and the hut was cool too! Kinda buggy near the lake, but worth the hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Nice loop trail with some steep climbs at the end. The views are great but limited, they are not 360 you only have a couple of overlooks. Recommend going up the North and coming down the south.

#5 of 48

hiking
23 days ago

Nice easy hike year round.

The elevation made it tough, but my 7 y/o daughter and I had a great time.

1 month ago

I recommend going up South and down North. Both are very steep and loose so be careful with your footing. I found North to have some semblance of stairs as opposed to South so it was a little more controlled going down and there seemed to be less small rocks that could be slipped on. It’s a very tough loop to reach the summit. Be safe!

hiking
1 month ago

We started at the basin. I think it took us about 4 hours up and down. It was a bit hard at the end but going down was easy. I had my 2 year old in a hiking backpack carrier.

Hands down one of the best views of the whites! Boots on the ground at 0730 and made to the summit at 1045 to Bond Cliff, hung put up top for over and hour and was back at the car by 1540. Those who are fairly athletic bond cliff is doable in a day , farther than that or mount bond I would recommend camping . High mileage hike but keep in mind roughly 8 miles of flat hiking for the round trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Did lake trail to hi-cannon trail up to kinsman ridge trail to get to the cannon observation tower. It had rained overnight, so frail was a bit slick and it was pretty woodsy for the first 1.5 miles, then some overlooks appeared.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow, super long in and out, so you need to leave ample time. The hike itself is awesome, very challenging with lots of scaling rocks. Lots of loose rock and stumps. The views on either peak are limited and can only fit so many people. But what you can see is gorgeous. Follows a river part of the way. Took us 7 hours at moderate speed. Mileage was booked at about 13 miles, not 9.1. So is very long for sure but nice hike. I think we each lost 3-5 pounds on this one! Would recommend.

Amazing hike with the best views coming from MT Garfield.. .Not recommended for newbies or out of shape hikers. .My hiking partner and I started clockwise finishing coming down the 4.9 mile trail off bond cliff then the long 8 miles on the Lincoln wood trail to the Parking lot...Next will be the Presidential Traverse

hiking
1 month ago

My last review should have shown that was in April

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike to the hut. Continued on to Kinsman pond with micro spikes

hiking
1 month ago

This was a moderate hike that got harder towards the end, but the walk around the lake was easy and pretty. The brownies at the Lonesome Lake Hut were a hit!

Straight up to get there, but once your there the loop around the lake is so beautiful. Lots of people and dogs on the weekend. Fun hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice trail that was built and maintained. We went up at 8:30 am and went from warm, humid to heavy fog at the peaks. I recommend doing the North Peak trail first and then going to the South Peak. Not much of an overlook and we could not see more than 100 feet in front of us.

Awesome views at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail. Very gradual ascent for a few miles then a fun 1200ft steep climb up Hancock (north peak). Descended South Hancock. South Hancock descent is very eroded. Not my favorite type of trail to ascend. Glad I went up the north peak and down south. Trails had a lot of character. Was an awesome day.

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