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We'll meet at the Lincoln Woods Trailhead at 8:15 A.M. and leave the parking lot no later than 8:30 to drive over to the Pemi Trailhead (Flume Visitor Ctr), Whitehouse Trailhead
Total Distance is 10.63 mi
All attendees must read, understand and agree to the waiver as outlined for the meet up. Description of hike is as follows:
starting at Pemi Trailhead (Flume Visitor Ctr), Whitehouse
44° 06' 03" 71° 40' 53"
This south end of this trail is the hiker's parking area just north of
the Flume Visitor Center on US 3, providing pedestrians a fairly
easy footpath that is an alternative route to the bike path along the
central part of Franconia Notch.
0.70 mi 23 min -20 ft on Whitehouse Trail
0.70 mi 23 min -20 ft This trail connects the hikers’ parking lot off US 3 just north of the
Flume Visitor Center with the Liberty Spring Trail and the
Cascade Brook Trail (Section Five), near the former parking area
site at Whitehouse Bridge (where parking is no longer available).
Thus, it is the usual route to these trails for hikers who arrive in
the area by automobile.
From there, Pemi
Trail turns right and follows Whitehouse Trail briefly along the bike
path and then on a footpath through the woods, passing over a
minor ridge, to the hikers’
parking lot just north of the Flume.
to the junction of Pemi Trail, Cascade Brook Trail 44° 06' 35" 71° 40' 53"
0.03 mi 1 min +13 ft on Whitehouse Trail
0.73 mi 24 min -7 ft The trail follows it left to the junction with the Cascade Brook Trail,
which diverges left just before (south of) the bridge over the
Pemigewasset River. The Whitehouse Trail continues across the
bridge and officially ends in another 50 yd. where the Liberty
Spring Trail diverges right off the bike path.
to the junction of Liberty Spring Trail 44° 06' 36" 71° 40' 51"
0.60 mi 30 min +386 ft on Liberty Spring Trail
1.33 mi 54 min +379 ft This trail climbs past Liberty Spring Campsite to Franconia Ridge
Trail, north of Mt. Liberty. It begins on the Franconia Notch
Recreation Path just north of the bridge over the Pemigewasset
River, near the site of the former Whitehouse Bridge (parking no
longer available); Cascade Brook Trail begins just south of this
bridge. The trail ascends steadily and rather steeply at times, with
some moderately rough footing. This trail is part of the AT.
From the recreation path, the trail climbs moderately northeast
through hardwood forest. Then it turns sharply right, joining the
old main logging road from the former Whitehouse mill, and soon
levels off. Flume Slide Trail leaves right (south).
to the junction of Flume Slide Trail 44° 06' 44" 71° 40' 32"
0.80 mi 41 min +572 ft on Liberty Spring Trail
2.13 mi 1 hr 35 min +951 ft Liberty Spring Trail bears left, ascending gradually, and crosses a
fairly large brook. It then climbs moderately to a sharp left turn off
the logging road.
1.20 mi 1 hr 21 min +1509 ft on Liberty Spring Trail
3.33 mi 2 hr 56 min +2461 ft The trail soon swings right for a long, steady climb; in places the
footing is rough. It bears right and continues up rather steeply by
switchbacks. The trail reaches Liberty Spring Campsite on the left
and the spring (last sure water) on the right.
to Liberty Spring Tentsite 44° 07' 02" 71° 38' 48"
0.30 mi 20 min +361 ft on Liberty Spring Trail
3.63 mi 3 hr 16 min +2822 ft The path then ascends fairly steeply through conifers and ends at
Franconia Ridge Trail; turn left (north) for Mt. Lafayette, or right
(south) for Mt. Liberty.
to the junction of Franconia Ridge Trail 44° 07' 08" 71° 38' 34"
0.30 mi 15 min +192 ft on Franconia Ridge Trail
2 Distance Time Elev
Trail / Waypoint Latitude Longitude
3.93 mi 3 hr 31 min +3014 ft This trail follows the backbone of the ridge that runs south from
Mt. Lafayette, beginning on the summit of Lafayette at the junction
of the Garfield Ridge and Greenleaf trails; passing over Mt.
Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, and Mt. Flume; and
ending at a junction with the Flume Slide Trail and the Osseo Trail
just south of Mt. Flume. Much work has been done to define and
stabilize the trail and to reduce erosion; the late Guy Waterman
and Laura Waterman, authors of several books on hiking and
backcountry ethics in the Northeast, spent many hours observing
each step taken by passing hikers to determine the best
placement of individual rocks. Hikers are urged to stay on the trail
to save the thin alpine soils and fragile vegetation. From Mt.
Lafayette to the Liberty Spring Trail, this trail is part of the AT.
Caution: The portion of the Franconia Ridge above the treeline
from Lafayette to Little Haystack does not involve any unusually
difficult or hazardous climbing, but it is almost constantly exposed
to the full force of any storms and is dangerous in bad weather or
high winds. In particular, because of the sharpness, narrowness,
and complete exposure to weather of the ridge crest on Lafayette,
Lincoln, and Little Haystack, the danger from lightning is unusually
great, and this portion of the ridge should be avoided when
electrical storms appear to be brewing.
Franconia Ridge Trail ascends to a small, ledgy crest, then
swings right up ledges to the rocky summit of Mt. Liberty.
to Mt Liberty 44° 06' 57" 71° 38' 32"
1.12 mi 47 min -117 ft on Franconia Ridge Trail
5.05 mi 4 hr 18 min +2896 ft The trail then makes a hairpin turn and descends to the east
and then northeast. The descent is steep at first over ledges and
then moderates as the trail descends southeast toward the col.
passes through two small sags and ascends moderately over a
continues up to the open summit of Mt. Flume.
to Mt Flume 44° 06' 31" 71° 37' 41"
0.08 mi 3 min -86 ft on Franconia Ridge Trail
5.13 mi 4 hr 21 min +2810 ft The trail traverses the
level crest, then descends along the edge of the west-facing cliff
caution in windy or slippery conditions) and enters the woods. The
ends south of the summit of Flume in a little col, at the jct. with
Osseo Trail straight ahead and Flume Slide Trail on the right.
to the junction of Flume Slide Trail, Osseo Trail 44° 06' 28" 71° 37' 41"
2.00 mi 1 hr 0 min -1822 ft on Osseo Trail
7.13 mi 5 hr 21 min +988 ft This trail connects Lincoln Woods Trail with the south end of the
Franconia Ridge, near the summit of Mt. Flume. Osseo Trail has
mostly moderate grades with good footing.
Osseo Trail begins at the junction of Franconia Ridge Trail and
Flume Slide Trail on the Franconia Ridge just south of the summit
of Mt. Flume. It descends steadily down the crest of a narrow
ridge, then turns sharply left in an unusually flat area. It then
descends easily until it reaches a series of wooden staircases.
Partway down this section a side path (sign) leads left to a
"downlook" with a fine view into the Pemigewasset Wilderness.
The trail descends the ridge by zigzags and then continues on a
winding descent. It turns right and descends via a series of
2.10 mi 1 hr 4 min -1131 ft on Osseo Trail
9.23 mi 6 hr 25 min -144 ft At the bottom of the switchbacks the trail turns left and follows old
logging roads down a brook valley. The trail continues down the
valley on a section of an old incline logging railroad grade. The
trail then descends the bank and heads east, following the brook
in a flat area at the mouth of the valley, and terminates at the west
side of Lincoln Woods Trail.
to the junction of Lincoln Woods Trail 44° 04' 57" 71° 34' 54"
3 Distance Time Elev
Trail / Waypoint Latitude Longitude
The Pemigewasset Wilderness Bridge removal and trail project
has been completed. Hikers are advised that advance route
planning is essential. If you are starting your hike at Lincoln
Woods, be sure to start on the correct side of the East Branch of
the Pemi River, using either the Lincoln Woods Trail or the Pemi
East Side Trail, depending on your destination. Hikers planning to
access Franconia Brook Trail or Bondcliff Trail should start on the
Lincoln Woods Trail (west side of the river) and hikers planning to
use Thoreau Falls Trail, Shoal Pond Trail, Desolation Trail, or
points beyond should start on the Pemi East Side Trail. Do not rely
on crossing the river at the site of the former suspension bridge.
(Note: this bridge removal does not affect the suspension bridge
located at the Lincoln Woods Trailhead.)
Greeley Ponds Trail from the Waterville Valley side and Dry River
Trail are closed.
Livermore Trail and Lincoln Woods Trail sustained serious
damage from washouts. They are open for use but caution is
1.40 mi 44 min -118 ft on Lincoln Woods Trail
10.63 mi 7 hr 9 min -262 ft The Lincoln Woods Trail is the major access route from the south
for the western half of the Pemigewasset Wilderness and the
adjoining mountains. It follows the bed of a logging railroad that
last operated in 1948. This trail receives extremely heavy use,
particularly in the few miles nearest the highway, and camping is
strictly regulated. Details concerning such restrictions can be
obtained at the Lincoln Woods Information Center, located next to
the parking area, or from other USFS sources. The area along the
East Branch was heavily
damaged by the 2011 storm, and in many places, the high, steep
have been severely undercut, creating a serious hazard for hikers
too close to the edge.
The trail continues, following Osseo Brook and descending almost
imperceptibly. It crosses the brook on a culvert, and skirts a major
washout from the 2011 storm, where a view over the river to Mt.
Hitchcock has been opened. The trail continues along the railroad
grade until it reaches the suspension bridge on the left. The trail
follows the bridge across the East Branch, swings left at a kiosk,
and ascends a wooden stairway up to the porch of the Information
Center, where the trail terminates.
to Lincoln Woods Trailhead 44° 03' 51" 71° 35' 15"
The Lincoln Woods Trail runs for 2.9 mi. and the Wilderness Trail
continues another 6.0 mi. along the East Branch of the
Pemigewasset River, from the Kancamangus Highway (NH 112)
to Stillwater Junction. The Lincoln Woods Trail begins at a large
parking area (Lincoln Woods) just east of the highway bridge over
the East Branch, 5.6 mi. from the information center at the I-93
exit in Lincoln and about 0.3 mi. beyond the Hancock
10.63 mi 7 hr 9 min -262 ft Totals