|Morning Sun on the Falling Water Trail |
in Franconia Notch State Park in the
White Mountains. -- photo: Charles Danforth
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Trail Description: This is a region with many trails and some absolutely breathtaking scenery. In fact, if it wasn't for the nearby Presidential Range, these mountains would be the premier showpeices of the White Mountains. Many hikes are possible throught the area ranging from short (5 mile) day hikes and longer (10 mile) day hikes through multi-day treks (50 miles). Several peaks are over 5000' and most are above tree-line. Be prepared for extreme weather; I encountered a blinding snow storm on Memorial Day.
Directions: Several trailheads can be found in the region servicing the Canon area (west side of the notch) and the western Pemigewasset region (east side of the notch). Since I93 goes through Franconia Notch, they are well-marked and popular trails. The Old Man of the Mountain viewing spot is a good place to leave cars although Lafayette Camground has better trail access. The Flume is another good parking spot for some of the southern trails. From the north or south, take I93 to Franconia Notch State Park. Be careful of the 45 mph speed limit within the park which is strictly enforced.
Info: For local event and trail information contact the USFS Pemigewasset Ranger Station, Plymouth, (603)536-1310
The Wilderness Journal