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quite icy around, but very well marked trails. Nice area- great for kids and dogs.

Great trail, the snow had been packed down by the recent rain and freeze, and we were able to hike it without any trouble. The falls are stunning this time of year! I’ll be returning the next time we have some snowfall to experience the snow covered trees. I’d highly recommend this trail. Short but beautiful!

I did this today(MLK day) and it was amazing! The weather could not have been better and the winds were not that high at all plus I had the entire ridge to myself for most of the hike! The three challenging/dangerous parts are the river crossings on the fallings water trail, patchy ice on the ridge trail and some ice on the descent from Lafayette, otherwise, it was very easy and I only used microspikes and some trekking poles. The river crossings are possible, but you need to take your time following previous tracks to find a crossing, including one log walk/schooch. The ridge trail as of MLK day has almost zero snow and little ice, just some patches here and there which can be avoided or tackled with microspikes( you dont need them for the rest).

Enjoy!

Went here on 1/15/18, markings need new paint, water was too high to cross at the summit of the trail. Great scenery and some views through the trees of Loon trails.

Amazing out and back following the water. A favorite annually

This is a great trail if you are new to winter hiking.

Nice walk wooded trail was poorly marked, hard to get lost though

Due to the heavy rainfall and warm temperatures yesterday, and today's freezing temps, we couldn't safely make it across the water crossing when we came in from the Kancamangus side.

I love the Bridle Path. Not very steep and a great way to access or exit the Franconia Ridge. Minus one star because the descent seems endless every time. Longest 3.4 mi trail around on the way out.

A great winter hike we did the main trail (blue) and the orange trail, took about 2 hours with snow, microspikes needed in some areas. Yaktracks weren't enough on the sheer ice.

Th is is a great trail! It is well designed and interesting. There are some good views on the way up and especially on top. It is a steady, moderate climb. Be careful at the bottom before you turn and head up as this section of the trail is also used by 4x4 vehicles.

My first longer hike and the one that got me hooked. We hiked with our blue heeler/Hound and she did really well.

hiking
4 days ago

If it were not so crowded or expensive, this would be 5 stars. It is difficult to appreciate how beautiful it is when in such a cattle train :( I wouldn't recommend this trail since there are plenty of free, beautiful and less crowded trails nearby.

hiking
6 days ago

We had non-hikers in our party, so we did this as a one-way trail from the parking lot at Echo Lake to the parking lot at Cathedral Ledge. I did not like this trail because the views from the path were never any better (and usually much worse) than the views one could reach via a short walk from the parking lot at either end.

hiking
6 days ago

Fantastic easy trail for kids, particularly on a hot day.

We only went as far as the top of upper Georgiana Falls (1.8m). That cut out almost half of the elevation gain, making it a hike easy enough for our young kids. Our favorite hike in Franconia Notch with young kids, however, is the Basin Cascades Trail to Kinsman Falls.

hiking
6 days ago

Not sure how far we went, but we had a great time exploring this trail. Once the trail started heading uphill along the river, rather than sticking to the trail, we mostly hiked up the various exposed rock faces in the river. This is probably an option whose availability depends on the water level, but we lucked out and the kids loved it! At one point, there was even a huge tree trunk that we used to cross the river. For safety and speed, we descended on the trail.

hiking
6 days ago

A very steep, but beautiful hike! As you get closer to the summit, it gets steeper and more rock slabs appear, making it more difficult to hike. The entire path is gorgeous, with trees along the slab faces! I would say this is a bit on the hard side; it took us 4.5 hours to complete it, round trip. The top has a very nice area for a picnic!

A fairly standard hike through the woods. There were a few tiny scrambles, but nothing too difficult. There were periodic ledges with nice views, but mostly just a lot of woods.

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