Mount Lincoln is a gorgeous mountain with exposed ridge-line views, conveniently located right off of I-93.  A part of Franconia Ridge. Lincoln is often hiked with the entire or a piece of Franconia Ridge. Mount Liberty is another common peak for hikers to summit on the same day.

Height: 5,089 feet

Length: 7.8 miles

Duration: 4-6 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

Elevation Gain: 3,645 feet

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Trail Map

Mount Lafayette Trail Map


Old Bridle Path

The old Bridle Path is a 2.9 mile trail that quickly ascends up to Greenleaf Hut. It connects with the Greenleaf Trail 1.1 miles from the summit of Lafayette. It is about .2 miles from tree line, but you get exposed along a ridge that gives fantastic views to the summit of Lafayette.

Falling Waters Trail

The falling waters trail is a very popular trail for good reason. It features gorgeous waterfalls as you ascend up the trail. This is a 3 mile trail to Little Haystack Mountain.

Falling Waters Trail

Along the Falling Waters Trail

Directions and Parking

There is a lot of parking space on both sides of I-93 at Lafayette Place Parking area and Lafayette campground. Arrive early as this is the most busy section of the White Mountains. People overflow park in I-93 even though this is not legal.

Camping/Overnight Options

There are some nearby camping and overnight options. The trailhead is located right across 93 from Lafayette Campground, but there is also the AMC hut located along the Old Bridle Path just before the summit of Mount Lafayette. If hikers are combining this hike with Mount Liberty, the Liberty Springs tent sites are located along the Liberty Springs trail. Take a look at our Mount Liberty post to learn more about this.

Weather Forecast

Lincoln, NH

This Afternoon
Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 20 to 25 mph.

Mostly clear, with a low around 42. Northwest wind around 25 mph.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. North wind 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunny, with a high near 58. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 43.

Sunny, with a high near 57.