Explore the most popular forest 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.

hiking
19 hours ago

Did this as part of my Owls Head hike. Lincoln Woods Trail is super wide and easy to follow, but with very little to see other than some outlooks on the river. After the first 3 miles you’ll see a bridge and a side trail, take the side trail. After a short walk you’ll see the falls. The trail seems to continue off into the distance after this, I’m not quite sure where it leads. The falls have one narrow spout and a couple small cascades that connect different pools, they aren’t very deep but you can definitely swim here even in low flow. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

hiking
1 day ago

A lot easier than expected with a moderate rating. A lot of the path was paved and not difficult at all.

hiking
2 days ago

One of the most difficult and most interesting adventures I’ve done in the Whites. I decided to tackle this peak is part of my NE Hundred Highest, and from what I heard it was going to be suffer fest. I found it wasn’t as bad or unrewarding as I was told it would be. You begin with Lincoln Woods, which is very wide and pretty well trafficked, with plenty of signage. After the split for Franconia Falls, there is a big bridge into the wilderness. From here there are no bridges, no blazes and no trace of humans aside from the trail. You have to negotiate many river crossings, most of which would be very difficult in high water. As of 7/19/2018 the water is quite low and you can easily rock hop. The path is very lightly trafficked and very peaceful. The beginning of the Owls Head slide has almost no indicators aside from a small “fence” made from trees. I’d suggest using the AllTrails tracker. The slide climbs very steeply up loose rock before connecting to the obvious herd path. The slide has great views of Franconia Ridge. There is no official trail to the summit but the route is very obvious, there’s one clearing where the summit was previously thought to be, continue past this clearing to the left to the true summit, which has a clearing and a cairn as well as a large fallen tree. From there, go back the way you came. If you don’t want to go down the slide, you can always take the Brutus Bushwhack down, which is a herd path that goes around the slide. This herd path is harder to follow, in fact I lost it for a while and had to search for it by following a topo line on my tracker until I hit it again. This hike would be hellish for a leisure hiker. But if you’re an adventurous hiker who finds pleasure in being deep in the wilderness, bushwhacks and scrambling. This is the perfect hike for you. Definitely one of the most remote and difficult peaks in the Whites.

Beautiful finish. Lots of roots! Be careful.

Beautiful.

Incredibly difficult. Didn’t think I was going to make it a few times. A lot of climbing up rocks and such. But the views were so incredibly worth it!! I would do it again. When I recover. Lol

hiking
3 days ago

We had a beautiful day for this hike and it was excellent with glorious views. Lots of interest for active 10&12year olds. We hiked to end of second pond but ended up back at first pond for picnic etc. The creek at start of trail was fine to cross in July but I’m sure it was deeper in spring or after rainy spell.

backpacking
3 days ago

Got to the top when it was raining and foggy so not much to see at the summit on day 1. We camped on a platform at liberty springs and met some amazing people. Woke up at 4:30am the next day to hike up to see the sunrise. I know that sounds crazy but it was worth it!! There was still a lot of fog but the views were incredible. I would definitely do this again!

I hiked up to Bond Cliff this morning. I started at 7 and arrived at the summit at around 10:35-10:45. While many say the first few miles are boring I quite enjoyed them. You walk alongside a river and have the sound of the running river and birds chirping while you go. The trail is a slow gradual incline the first 4-5 miles. After that there are some steep parts but nothing too crazy. I would say what makes this trail difficult is the distance. It’s 9 miles to the summit of Bond Cliff so by the end of the 18 mile round trip day I was pretty beat. I arrived back at the car at about 15:10. The views at the top are some of the best you will ever see!

hiking
4 days ago

This trail from the Kanc is incredibly difficult. Very very steep rocks the entire way. A cool rockslide halfway up is a great break to cool off your burnt out legs. The wooded summit you hit first is still cool, a small lookout gives a little view. The trail to the second is fun, especially the famed chimney section. Views from the summit are absolutely incredible. Trip down is almost worse. The amount of rocks and boulders make it very tough to descend. No wonder why there aren’t many hikers on the trail. Great mountain, but ascend from Tripoli road.

Awesome

Went hiking blind to be honest with Krissy Andrews and we were both stunned how hard it was. Will say it was hot, humid and raining and very steep but we pushed on. The reward was so worth it but with the weather it spoiled the view but not the satisfaction. It was such a great experience. We had a blast. The descent was slippery but overall was the best time. It was so special that I felt so close to my partner after slugging it out. I wish we did more hike so FYI to any couple that are in love, go hike and you will be closer if only for a second.

The best view is right at the beginning on the bridge and then at the end at the falls... not too many look outs along the way- was thinking you could see the river most of the way but you really don’t. Its an old rail road track so its very straight- kinda boring. Great for biking- kids would be very board. To me it wasn’t worth the 6.8 miles but now we know.

4 days ago

Miles are off from what we tracked. This was a fun hike with lots of different adventures along the way. A little bit of everything, streams, rain, wildlife, rock climb, scramble, and lots of beautiful trees, bridges, and camp sites.

Great hike with kids ages
5,6 and 9

hiking
5 days ago

worth the walk. 5yo was a little tired towards the end, but enjoyed every spot she could stop to play in.

hiking
6 days 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

Many folks don't like the long approach (1450' in 8 miles) or the slide (1450' in 8/10 of a mile!), or the fact that the summit is wooded and affords very little view. I consider this a nature hike. If you take your time, and pay attention, you'll see a lot of wildlife. The day of my hike, I was lucky enough to get a great shot of a pine marten at the summit area, and a beautiful, healthy moose near Black Pond (see photos). If you're looking for great summit views, you won't get them here, but you will get a great nature hike, and a chance to view the wildlife of the Whites!

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.

The Cascade Brook was a great trail! The view from the lake was spectacular!! I’d have preferred to have hiked the Basin Trail up or down and used the Cascade Brook to make it a loop (instead of Cascade to Lonesome Lake). The Pemi Trail to and from the Basin Parking Lot wasn’t as well maintained, which was fine, but it was close to the interstate so that made for a less enjoyable section of the hike. Overall, great views with lots of swimming holes plus plus an AMC hit at the lake.

hiking
8 days ago

nice hike before heading home

Awesome hike highly recommend

Only did the section up to Cloudland Falls. It was a bit intricate but so gratifying once we got to the falls.

Completed 6/29. Great hike to include 3 peaks of NE111.
I chose a custom loop, climbing immediately up HI-Cannon Trail to tag Cannon Mountain (which is included in the 'Terrifying 25' club! > really wasn't horrible, some steep spots but nothing we haven't all seen before)... It was a foggy morning, but made for some nice pictures. The climb down Cannon had steep sections & was roughly 2.4mi to N. Kinsman on the Kinsman Ridge Trail. One great outcrop rock for beauty views of range. Continued out & back to S. Kinsman & returned on Fishin' Jimmy Trail. The long trek down the never-ending Fishin Jimmy is where exhaustion kicked in, knees aching all the way to Lonesome Lake (a perfect rest area). Final push back to trailhead.

Overall:
11.2mi
6hr20m
4,425ft elev gain

Strenuous but memorable!

great views at summit

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)

accidentally did 2 miles on the pemi trail before starting. lots of fun, going down lonesome lake trail was neat and the lake itself was a better view than mt.cannon imo but well worth it regardless.

hiking
11 days ago

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

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