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Beautiful -- way more challenging than expected

The hike to get to Lonesome Lake was a great fall activity in the Franconia region. Warning... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Alice3403
A must see if in the area!!!!

This is a short hike, manageable for most and the end result is truly breathtaking. Don't miss... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2017
momof3kids78
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

The hike to get to Lonesome Lake was a great fall activity in the Franconia region. Warning: the "1.6" mile (each way) hike is a lot more than you would guess! I think the 0.8 miles left sign is improperly placed. It is definitely a...More

Thank Alice3403
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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

This is a short hike, manageable for most and the end result is truly breathtaking. Don't miss this hidden treasure. My Teen's ran up it in less than an hour so it's not very long at all.

Thank momof3kids78
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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Climb up Lonesome Lake trail rewards you with a breathtaking lake; definitely worth the effort. Climb will have you breathing heavy at times but definitely manageable; we are 70 and still enjoy the climb. Be sure to climb just a bit further once you take...More

Thank Decaf7
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

My wife, her two sisters, my brother in-law, son and myself climbed the lonesome lake trail to the top where lonesome lake is. Great hike, a little challenging in some areas but a very enjoyable climb. There is a nice campground at the bottom with...More

Thank andyjr1961
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

If you are in the Franconia Notch area of the White Mts. National Forest, seriously consider stopping in at Lafayette campground and hiking up to Lonesome Lake. It is only 1.5 miles, but it is steep in parts. It is wilderness hiking, but the views...More

Thank Ray T
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

This was so perfect. The hike up to the lake, prime time tourist season, August, morning till evening...and we only saw maybe 3 other couples once you got off the main trail. The lake is beautiful, it's so quiet and the hike isn't very challenging...More

Thank Bekah K
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Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful but quite steep. Once you climb over lots of boulders and dodge tree roots the end result is in sight. Walk around the lake is quite flat and the Hut is a great place to grab a snack. It took us close to 2...More

Thank JupiterJudy
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

I would give this hike a 7 out of 10 for difficulty mostly because of the amount of large rocks, stretches of steeper grade, and the multiple tricky stream crossings. Took us about 2 hours (3.1 mi) to get to the top with a group...More

Thank virginia t
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Looking for a bit of challenge? This just could be for you as it was for us. It's seems trail was long (no complains here as we love every step)and it was great to get to the lake and Lonesome Lake Hut. Stop over for...More

Thank Thomas C
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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Let me preface by saying that this is not an easy hike. I've read reviews on a handful of websites and some people have said that this hike is "mostly flat" or "easy". I would love to know what superhero they are, but in any...More

Thank JLCireland09
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