ElevationAscent: 7,442' 2,268 m
Descent: -7,426' -2,263 m
High: 5,190' 1,582 m
Low: 1,210' 369 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 76% (37°)
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“A beautiful outing, circumnavigating the western half of the Pemigewasset Wilderness.”— Billy Hafferty
The trail is mostly technical rock and root. Ascending is steep with some scrambling and stair sections. The ridge lines tend to be the less technical. The loop is made up of many other shorter sections and peaks. This makes for easy bail out options but also tends to crowd the singletrack later in the morning/afternoon. For the most enjoyable hiking, plan on starting early and catching the sunrise at the first peak. This will ensure a less crowded ridge line and easier hiking.
From the trailhead, cross the bridge and head along the Lincoln Woods Trail. This is the widest that the trail gets as it is a former rail trail. At the 1.5-mile mark is where you need to decide if you are going CW or CCW. Stay north on the Lincoln Woods Trail for CCW or head westward on the Osseo Trail to start your ascent up Mount Flume (5.3 miles).
Continue on the Franconia Ridge to Mt Liberty, Little Haystack, then to Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Lafayette. Here the trail turns into the Garfield Ridge/ Appalachian Trail (AT) to Mount Garfield. Mile 15.5 is where you can stop in the Galehead Lodge for water and shelter. Continue on Twinway to South Twin Mountain and Mount Guyot. Leave the Appalachian Trail (AT) for the Bondcliff Trail up Mount Bond and Bondcliff. As you descend Bondcliff, you'll meet back up with the Lincoln Woods Trail which you'll take to head back to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: USFS - White Mountain National Forest Office