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This trail is one I have done many times in the past. It is one i recommend to new hikers and experienced. My boyfriend, Rob and his daughter, Avery were new to this hike and i was excited for them to see the view at the top. The day we went was beautiful, blue skies and not a cloud in sight. The air was brisk but once we got moving we warmed up very quickly. It had gotten warm the day before and a lot of the snow on the trail had turned to ice so micro spikes were a much needed accessory. My companions were ill prepared despite my recommendation and the way up was a little tricky to navigate, but were able to go around the icy areas.
"It is impossible to walk in the woods and be in a bad mood at the same time." -Unknown
Once we reached the top the view was amazing as always. The lake was still froze over so we were able to cross it instead of taking the trail around. Crossing the lake was chilly and windy, but we were able to warm up in the AMC Lonesome Lake Hut. Here you can take a break or stay for the night (reservations are made at Outdoors.org) and continue your hike the next day. You can also access Dodge Cut Off trail to the Hi-Cannon Trail that leads to Cannon Mt. from the Lonesome Lake trail. Cannon Mt. is one of the 48 4,000 footers of N.H. and I would not recommend this trail for newbies.
After warming up in the hut and grabbing a bite to eat we headed back down the trail. It was a great day for a hike. The view of the Franconia Ridge with it's snow covered peaks was beautiful!
Lonesome Lake Trail:
Elevation Gain: 1,026 ft
Location: Near Lincoln, New Hampshire. Franconia Notch
Distance: 3.1 miles
Time Frame: 2-3 hours
Lonesome Lake is the only AMC hut that is not located in the White Mountain National Forest.
Other Useful Info
Some of the information I have provided and more information on this hike is available in this book i use frequently "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains".
I also swear by my AllTrails App. I use this app to record and map almost every hike i go on:
"The mountains whisper for me to wander; My soul hikes to the call." - Angie Weiland-Crosby