Trip report

Lonesome Lake Hike

Hiking/Walk DATE: 04/30/2011 - 04/30/2011

Trip/Event Location: Franconia , NH

Trip Leader(s): Cartman

Max # People: 20

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Join Don and myself as we hike to the Lonesome Lake Hut. This is a great spring warm up hike. The hike is about 3 1/2 miles with 1000 feet of elevation gain.  The trip starts out hiking through

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Lafayette Place Campground parking area, which is on the west side of I-93.  We’ll be driving a red Mini-Cooper with white roof.

Trip Report/Photos

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Twenty of us showed up to hike to the Lonesome Lake Hut. The group consisted of a nice mix of experienced hikers and some GO members participating in their first GO hike and first ever hikes. The day started off cold and overcast.  The start of the trail leads through Lafayette Place campground, which this time of year was a ghost town. We didn’t see anybody camping. Along the trail to the lake we encountered snow half way up the first switchback and when we were hiking the second switchback there was snow along the whole length of the trail. When we got to the flat part of the trail prior to the reaching Lonesome Lake there was hard pack snow several feet deep. When we reached the lake we discovered that it was still had a light layer of ice on it. When we got to Lonesome Lake the sky had cleared and the sun came out. We stopped for lunch at the hut, some chose to eat inside and others ate out in the sun. We had spectacular views of the Franconia Ridge off to the east. The group wanted to lay out on the deck at the lake, but it was completely covered in snow, so we settled for the deck outside the hut. Some of the group was wondering if it would be more difficult going back down the trail because of the snow.  As it turns out it was easy and no one had a problem with it. One of the guys did fall through the snow and got a small cut, but that was the extent of the injuries. All in all even with all the snow, it was a great hike and great company.

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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • Awesome first GO experience. Thanks guys. I'll be on more. I promise.... - NormF

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