Explore the most popular trail running 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.

walking
2 days ago

Had a great time on this trail; I’m used to walking considerable distances but the elevation gains of other hikes in the White Mountains took some getting used to, so this relatively flat trail was nice and relaxing. Forest cover follows you from the parking lot to the falls, which keeps the trail nice and cool. Brought two dogs (one seven years old and one nine months old) and they both had a great time. Water was cool and refreshing, one of the best feeling swims I’ve ever had!

We did it in 2 days, 53km (we went the wrong way for 5km ). Very nice hike but not that easy as we did a lot of km each day. Views on the 7 summits are breathtaking. Don’t worry for the water, there’s a lot of place to refill all the way to Galehead Shelter. Make sure to have enough water at this point because the next water supply is on the way down. So you must have at least 2L from galehead to the end of the hike ( if you do it in 2 days ). Many campsite are available all the way. Make sure to not have to much weight in your backpack and hike sticks. For the rest, you must be in shape to do this trail. Definitely recommend.

From Tripoli Road to Osceola Summit and back to Tripoli Rd. Parking lot. Started early at 7 am and were back at the car just before noon. Great hike. Like others have said watch footing because there are many rocks in the first half of the hike up. The rest of the way was slick wet rock. Awesome view at the top. Highly recommend for anyone looking for another crazy but still fun. Good for family hike.

hiking
5 days ago

Loved it! 10/10 would recommend. Brought my girlfriend on her first "hike" / nature walk and it was fantastic. Super easy and beautiful. Might be a little boring for an advanced hiker who is looking for a little more adventure.

hiking
6 days ago

I did from the Tripoli road out to East Osceola and back. I’m almost halfway with my NH 48, and would say this was (sorry for some) one of my easier hikes. Out to Osceola itself was pretty tame, although not fast. You have to pick your way among the rocks for footing. East Osceola was a fun trek, with some steeper sections including the chimney. There were some muddy pieces, but nothing you can’t pick through. I have a short steady stride, but still made it in about 5.5 hours total. Views were nice, but I hike for the work out. Not bad for a 4000 footer!

Once you reach the Hi-Cannon trail, it is steep nearly the entire way to the Kinsman trail. Challenging but fun. The ladder was fun but the rungs are worn down and could use replacement. On the way down, it is very steep for 0.2 miles from the intersection with Hi-Cannon down the Kinsman trail. The lonesome lake trail, from Kinsman trail to the lake, was very wet in several sections and needs some attention to divert the water off the trail. Deducted a star for that, but appears there is some repair work ongoing and hopefully that is addressed soon. I was with my 12-year-old daughter and it took us 6 hours with a 30 minute stop at the top.

Moderate from parking lot until hi Cannon trail, then difficult/steep until Kinsman trail. Last bit until tower is easy. Fun though with some rock scrambling. Ladder wasn't scary but it was in rough shape. Hopefully it is restored soon. Went down Kinsman to Lonesome lake trail and 0.2 miles from Hi cannon split down is very steep. Moderate after that. Lonesome lake trail was wet and slippery and needs some work. Watch reported 6 miles, not 5.

Great hike. Heavily trafficked trail for all uses. Went on a Sunday and there were hikers, joggers, bikes and a few groups. A bit busier then I would have liked but beautiful scenery and the falls is a nice spot to take a break before heading back.

This trail was absolutely gorgeous. Well maintained with very little litter anywhere, beautiful views, easy trail. Absolutely loved it even in the rain and would do it again in a heartbeat.

This hike is hard rather than moderate.
Very rocky and slippery, be sure you have good hiking shoes.
Once on the summit, the views are beautiful and it is possible to take the tram down. The way down was very challenging, again, because of the rocks.

Great hike that had a roaring waterfall most of the trail. Lots of mud and fairly wet given the rain the past few days. Don't let that stop your adventure the views at the top are worth every step.

Challenging switchbacks to get up there but rewarded by incredible views from the summit! The cliff lends itself to pretty epic pictures

Absolutely in my top 10! I will say Lincoln Woods Trail is a blessing and a curse, it is a lot of miles of pretty much flat trail which feels like it goes on forever but once you hit that ridgeline it is beyond worth it. Would definitely do this again. You wont be disappointed. We started around 4am and got back to our car around 5pm

Awesome views and fun challenges, but parts were pretty scary for me- someone who isn’t a fan of heights. Wear your hiking boots as some parts are muddy! Hi-Cannon and Kinsman parts I would say are more hard than moderate.

hiking
21 days ago

Mount Osceola was my second 4000-footer in the Whites. Hiked in from the Kancamagus Hwy. The first 1.2 mile was through the Greely Pond area and was basically flat. The next 1.5 mile to the top of East Osceola was grueling and offered few views. The next mile to the top of Mount Osceola was pretty easy and offered a stunning 180 degree view.

hiking
24 days 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.

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
27 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

hiking
27 days ago

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.

hiking
28 days ago

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

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.

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.

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

Did up and back at Mt. Osceola. Made it up in 2 hours flat with 2 inexperienced hikers. Views are spectacular at the top. 1 hour, 44 minutes down from Mt. Osceola. Angled slabs of rock were a little slippery. Path well marked and view was worth the moderate hike.

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!

Beautiful easy trail. A little long for our Corgi, but that's to be expected when your legs are short. $5 parking fee at the self service kiosk.

easy trail. about 5k to get to the falls. Best waterfalls to play in in the area. lots of places to get water along the way. My daughter had a blast.

hiking
1 month ago

As my lone hike involving 4000-footers, Franconia Ridge was my baseline going into this one in terms of difficulty (*weird* comfort zone to have, I know, but it was still my comfort zone). I'm in my mid-20s, and don't consider myself to be in great shape, but I hold my own just fine. That said, I found Mt. Osceola by itself (from Tripoli Road) to be perfectly tame. Despite all the rocks you have to navigate, the grade throughout never gets too steep, and even levels out here and there for generous distances. The most precarious section, that I can think of, involves the stretch of slabs closer to the top that essentially have you planting your feet at an angle. My friend and I found this part a bit tedious even in mostly dry conditions. While there aren't many views to speak of on the way up, the summit is close enough to treeline that you can appreciate the tree cover thinning out somewhat the higher you go. In roughly two and a half hours, we reached the summit and enjoyed amazing views of the Sandwich and Presidential Ranges as we sat down to have lunch.

I dock a star based on our decision to go out to East Osceola and back. I read ahead of time that the col was going to be more difficult than anything we'd see up to this point, but I still figured I wasn't in for too much of a surprise. Wrong!!! I can now say this is the most difficult two-mile stretch I've ever hiked thus far, and I was amazed that it only ended up taking us about two hours altogether, as it sucked enough energy out of me that I could've sworn it felt like much longer. For the majority of it, I was either on my butt going down or using my hands, knees and elbows to pull myself up boulders. Doable, but tedious if you're already tired. At the spot where you have a choice of two different routes to take, we took the rock slide going down and the chimney climb on the way back up. There were one or two instances where I froze up on the chimney and wished I had more reach, but overall, it offers plenty of hand and footholds, and I'm proud of myself for pushing through it! When we got back to Osceola proper, the descent from there took us about an hour and a half, and we were grateful to be navigating manageable grades again.

All in all, my friend and I are in no rush to go back to East Osceola, as we both felt it was way too much work for a fully wooded summit. Still, it was worth crossing off my list, and I appreciated the opportunity to expand my comfort zone (yes, even beyond what Franconia Ridge threw at me). This hike truly has something for everyone. If you're looking for a moderately challenging hike that will reward you generously without you having to exert yourself too much, stick to Osceola alone. If you want more of a challenge, continue to East Osceola.

(Side note: I still find the two hikes difficult to compare, as each one is hard in its own unique way. If you're yet to do Franconia Ridge, still do your research before you go.)

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