Hiking the Great Whites

HIKING

Novice or an expert, no worries, there is a hiking trail for you. Trail maps are available at the Guest House and we would be happy to pack a lunch and help you plan your hike…

Mt. Washington, North Conway. 3600-4288 feet of vertical climbing spread over 8-10 miles (depending on your trail) takes you to the summit at 6288 feet, the highest peak in the northeast. Originally called Agiocochook by Native Americans, the mountain boasts some of the planet’s most severe weather, and retains the world record for wind speed, 231 MPH, so plan ahead.

For those of you who’d like to see the spectacular view from the summit, but don’t have the time, energy or ability to hike to the summit, consider driving to the top via the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Yet another option to reach the peak is the famous Cog Railway.

Bald Mountain and Artists’ Bluff, Franconia. A two mile trail with a vertical rise of 400 feet. Moderate difficulty. Access through  Echo Lake beach. Vistas and a close up views of Franconia Notch are amazing!

Mt. Lafayette Franconia. 3550 feet vertical feet over 5-8 miles takes you to the 5249 foot summit with its own Alpine Meadow. The Appalachian Trail crosses the summit. Like all the 5000 footers, it is known for making its own weather.

Bridal Veil Falls, Franconia. 3.5 mile hike, 1000 foot elevation change. A nice easy walk for a lazy afternoon.

Mt. Liberty, Mt  Flume, Franconia. 8 mile hike 3000 feet elevation change. The Liberty Spring route tracks the Appalachian Trail to comfortable  tent sites just below Franconia Ridge, then concludes with views from the fortress walls of Mt. Liberty’s intense peak.

The Basin and Cascade Brook, Franconia. Three miles, 500 feet of vertical. This hike in Franconia Notch follows Cascade Brook for nearly 1.0 mile, visiting two waterfalls and numerous cascades along the way. Stellar views.

Mt. Pemigewasset, Franconia. 3.6 miles round trip with a 1,170 foot elevation change finishing at the top of Indian Head Profile on the summit of Mt.Pemigewassett.  Notable views up and down the Notch.

Arethusa Falls Trail, Livermore. The state’s highest water fall at 200 feet. Three miles, 1,000 feet of elevation change. Easy to moderate.                                                                                      

Appalachian Trail. Just a few miles from the Guest House and runs all the way to Georgia. In NH alone it runs 161 miles from the Connecticut River in Hanover to the Maine state line. Thousands of vertical feet over some of the best terrain along the entire Eastern Seaboard. Pack wisely it could take an entire season to hike from one end to the other.

Falling Waters Trail, Franconia. 6.4 miles, 2800 feet to summit of Little Haystack Mountain. Difficult. Trailhead in Franconia Notch State Park.

Georgiana Falls Path and Lincoln area hikes. This path, leads you to the Georgian and Cascade Falls, on Harvard Brook are accessed by an unmarked trail leaving from a parking area off Hanson Farm Road in Lincoln. An easy 1.3 mile hike leads to the Lower in a beautiful wooded setting. The Upper, or Harvard Falls are a steep 0.5 mile farther.

Greenleaf Trail, Franconia. 7.6 miles, 2100 foot rise to the top of M.t Lafayette. Moderate to difficult. Starting in Franconia, the Greenleaf Trail leads from the tramway parking lot at the Cannon Mountain Ski Area to the summit of Mt. Lafayette.

Lonesome Lake Trail, Lincoln. 3.3 miles rising a 1000 feet to finish at Lonesome Lake. Moderate difficulty.

Skookumchuck Trail, Franconia. 10 miles beginning in Franconia with a 3360 rise to the summit of Mt. Lafayette. Moderate to difficult.

These are just a few of the popular trails throughout the area.