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Short hike that packs a punch uphill !!

Hike up to the lake is about 1.8 miles I believe. But note it is all uphill and very rocky. You... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2018
Millis, Massachusetts
Great hike!

My sister and I hiked did this hike last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. A few things you... read more

Reviewed October 1, 2018
Lee, New Hampshire
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

Hike up to the lake is about 1.8 miles I believe. But note it is all uphill and very rocky. You really need to watch your step going up and coming back down. With that being said, I enjoyed it and was a good workout....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Skeets37
Reviewed October 1, 2018

My sister and I hiked did this hike last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. A few things you should know: 1. The parking lot is small and many, like ourselves, ended up on the road. There are signs indicating you should park in a lot,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Eeepee98
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Lonesome Lake is a great destination if you are looking to do a short hike with good reward in the Franconia area of the White Mountains. From the parking lot at Lafayette Campground you look up and see the towering steeps of the Whites on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Seth M
Reviewed September 26, 2018

We hiked up to the Lonesome Lake Hut. It is a great introduction to the White Mtns. The trail leaves Lafayette Campground. It climbs steadily through the woods via several switchbacks. After about a mile the trail levels out and Lonesome Lake comes into view....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank WoodyMCP
Reviewed July 24, 2018

My son and I hiked this trail last summer in Franconia Notch. This trail is accessed walking through the Lafayette Place Campground. It is challenging at times but well worth the effort as you are rewarded with a beautiful view of the Lonesome Lake at...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank skwhite7
Reviewed October 2, 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

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Alice3403
Reviewed July 13, 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.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank momof3kids78
Reviewed June 27, 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

Date of experience: June 2017
3  Thank Decaf7
Reviewed March 23, 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

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank andyjr1961
Reviewed January 17, 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

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank 403rayt
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