Mount Lincoln – White Mountains, NH

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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 (1,551.1 meters)
Length: 7.8 miles (12.6 km)
Duration: 4-6 hours
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation Gain: 3,645 feet (1,111.0 meters)


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Trail Map

Mount Lafayette Trail Map

Trails

Falling Waters Trail | 7.8 Miles Round Trip | 3,645 Feet Elevation Gain

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. Mount Lincoln sits .7 miles away from the summit of Little Haystack. Views are stunning as hikers ascent to Little Haystack and traverse the ridge between the two peaks.

The falling waters trail features long steep sections of large rocks, making for a more difficult than average trail. Due to the rocks, hikers should take a little extra caution while descending.

Old Bridle Path | 8.9 Miles | 3,900 Feet Elevation Gain

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. Hikers will continue to ascend to the summit of Lafayette before traversing south across Franconia Ridge towards Mount Lincoln. If hikers wish to do this loop, they should look at our guide on the Franconia Ridge Loop.

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. Overflow parking on I-93 is illegal and strictly enforced. Overflow parking is now located at Cannon Mountain where there is a shuttle to take hikers to the trailheads.

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
Sunny, with a high near 29. Southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Tonight
A slight chance of snow showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Southwest wind 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tuesday
A chance of snow showers before 2pm, then rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. South wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Tuesday Night
Rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 33. South wind around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Wednesday
Rain showers. Cloudy, with a high near 36. South wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Wednesday Night
Rain showers before 4am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday
A chance of rain and snow showers before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about

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