Explore the most popular walking 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.

Moderate-hard hike due to elevation gain. Trail is in good shape though, and there are multiple spots to rest with nice views. The summit is spacious with a great view. We detoured to the lower Greeley Pond on the way back down, and that was very nice as well. Overall a great hike.

Tough uphill, a little muddy at the top. Nice views.

This is a great hike for a family. The walk through the gorge is really beautiful. The way back around you get a couple nice views of mountains and the cliffs/pool. It wasnt busy when I was there. If you have little ones, do not bring a stroller. It is def not friendly up the gorge. The walkways add adventure to the hike itself.

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!

Great hike, does get steep about halfway up but you’re under tree cover the entire way up to the peak so it stays pretty cool even on a hot day. Brought my dog and she had no problems navigating the trail. The first half of the trail follows along the Pemigewasset River and the gentle sound of rushing water is always nearby. Wide cliff at the summit provides fantastic views of the town of Lincoln and the White Mountains.

Great trail for beginners. We are experienced hikers but were taking friends for their first hike. This trail has beautiful views of waterfalls for the entire trip up. We ended up doing a loop rather than the up and back. It was a bit muddy and the cascade bridge has washed out but you can still cross with minimal problem. We also had a small dog and he had fun. The early parts of the trail especially the swimming and wading areas of the lower falls were extremely crowded but about a mile into the trail there were very few. This would be a good beginner trail for people who want to start running trails or training with heavy packs too. Definitely recommend for newbies.

hiking
3 days ago

We did this with our two children age 3.5 and 5.5 y and it was a big success. The young one was in my back for the first half and then he wanted to climb on his own. It was a lot of fun. I recommend this trail for any family with minimum experience. Hiking boots are a plus since some sections are somewhat rocky.

backpacking
3 days ago

Backpacked up to 13 Falls from Franconia Brook tentsite a couple of days after HUGE rainstorms. East Branch of the Pemi was running hip high, plus 9 brook crossings. Packing water shoes and/or gaiters is a good idea. The trail was beautiful and not too muddy considering the recent rain. We did see a bear on the hike back out, so be aware of your surroundings. This was only our 2nd backpacking trip and it was very do-able! Enjoy!!!

hiking
4 days ago

Really worth it!

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

This trail is great if you want to get in to the Whites but not be above the tree line. It stays low with very little elevation gain. We went after a storm had rolled through the day before and some parts of the trail resembled a creek more than a path, but it wasn't impassable and the mud never became deep.
The only real caution I have is that the bridge is washed out. It's easy to cross because the water isn't fast, but you do have to take off your shoes to get through it.

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.

Awesome begginer hike to get you fitted for more bigger hikes. Trail gets steep for a ways. Beautiful lake and hut. Recommend doing the full trail around the lake. Great views!

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.

11 and 12 for my #48 .. was actually 11.1 miles and took 8.5 hours (breaks included) Went up Fishin Jimmy, Let me tell you doing that trek up after a lot of rain made for some very slick rocks and it's a considerably steep trail! The views were hazy on North Kinsman but very beautiful and nice to see Lafayette and the Fraconia Ridge group from the point of view.. South Kinsman definitely has the views with the larger summit and 360 view.. Descended down Kinsman Pond (very quiet which is perfect and far less steep than Fishin Jimmy) and as far as being "not well maintained" I've been on far worse trails . This trail was small but well marked. Looped back over to Lonesome Lake trail and a very long .8 mile back to the car haha.

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.

The most beautiful piece of the world I’ve yet visited! Absolutely worth it. :)

A relatively strenuous hike with some steep rocky sections. It had just rained, so while coming down some of the rocks were a bit slippery. There are a few lookouts on the way up but only trees and a large cairn at the top. For the effort to reach the top, the views were sub par, but next time would definitely recommend continue hiking to the Osceola peak. :)

awesome hike beautiful country and views

Great hike! The section between the two falls is steep, but very manageable with good hiking shoes and poles. The view from the top is worth the effort. It opens up to see the highway far below. The red blazes are visible on the trees and rocks, just keep looking ahead for the next blaze.

on Lonesome Lake Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Steep climb most of the way up with many roots/rocks. Went with our kids and they made it but it was tough. Overall a great workout and many people were getting winded making it to the top. View of lonesome lake was nice with a surprisingly strong breeze to cool us off.

Beautiful, easy, exceeded my expectations. I'll bring friends and family here again and again.

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