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


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

Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 20 to 25 mph.

A slight chance of snow showers between 10am and 11am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between 11am and 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Northwest wind 15 to 20 mph. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

A chance of rain showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night
A chance of rain showers before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

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