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

Trails

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

Tonight
Rain showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. West wind 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. West wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday Night
A chance of rain showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Northwest wind around 15 mph.

Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Northwest wind around 15 mph.

Tuesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.