Lincoln Woods Trail
Lincoln Woods Trail
This loop hike begins from the Lincoln Woods Trailhead on the Kancamagus Highway and follows the easy-cruising Lincoln Woods and Franconia Brook trails. It passes the sculpted granite slabs of Franconia Falls en route to Thirteen Falls Tentsite and its accompanying cascade. The route then ascends lofty Garfield Ridge and heads south on the AT, passing Garfield Ridge Campsite as it ascends Mount Garfield. You next traverse the length of Franconia Ridge, including 3 miles above treeline, and tag the summits of Mounts Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty, and Flume. A long, mellow descent on the Osseo Trail returns you to the trailhead. Note that this hike visits some of New England’s most heavily used backcountry. This section of the AT -- especially Franconia Ridge -- is a hiking highway where you may literally see hundreds of people. Avoid weekends. Dogs are allowed. The Pemigewasset Wilderness protects the watershed of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, a self-contained world of streams, mountains, cliffs, and views. Ringed by lofty peaks, including sixteen taller than 4,000 feet, it is New England’s largest wilderness area with 45,000 acres of protected backcountry. In many ways, it is also one of the friendliest. Many trails follow old railroad beds -- wide easy-cruising pathways -- deep into the backcountry. The Appalachian Trail (AT) runs along the mountain spine, a well-traveled and rugged footpath. Come ramble by a river, soak by a waterfall, and cruise high above treeline as you take it all in.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||6,800 ft|
|Trailhead Elevation||1,140 ft|
|Top Elevation||5,260 ft|
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