Trip report

Lonesome Lake winter hike

Hiking/Walk DATE: 03/21/2020 - 03/21/2020

Trip/Event Location: Franconia, NH

Trip Leader(s): tdefauw

Max # People: 15

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

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Join us for this winter snowshoe hike to Lonesome Lake Hut. The whole hike is just over 6 miles with about 1200 feet of elevation gain. We will hike up the Basin-Cascades trail and Cascade Brook

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

We will start out at the Basin parking lot at 10. Note this will be the side of the parking lot you would be on if you exit from Franconia Notch Parkway (I-93) coming from the south (going northbound on I-93), and it would be the lower level of the parking lot. If you’re coming from the north (going southbound on I-93), just cross under the tunnel to the other side of the parking lot. 

Trip Report/Photos
Featured Photo

Joe and I enjoyed having Fred join us on the Lonesome Lake hike today.   It was a beautiful day to be out, but the journey was more important than the destination as we didn't actually make it to Lonesome Lake.   The cascades along the Basin-Cascades trail were raging after the temperature hit 60 the day before (even though yesterday it was only in the 30s).   The first stream crossing was pretty much impossible to cross.  Joe was crossing first, but he unfortunately fell into the water while hopping onto a boulder, getting his legs immersed.  This was the same stream crossing where Fred lost a snowshoe when we were trying to cross one time when we led this 10-15 years ago.  I had posted that in the trip report back then, which led to somebody having read about it and finding the snowshoe a week later and it getting returned to Fred (note that Fred was using the same snowshoes today!)   After Joe's dunking, and also because Fred and I did not want to take our boots and socks off to cross the stream, we turned around, but Joe felt OK to walk 2 miles along the Franconia Notch Bike trail to Lafayette Campground, where we sat and ate our lunches and then turned around to head back.   Even though we didn't make it to the destination, the cascades were beautiful, and it was a nice easy walk along the bike trail.    It was so nice for Joe and me to be able to do this and talk with someone else (almost a normal social situation!), honestly we could have been walking around a parking lot and it would have been great to have company, but add in the beauty of the great outdoors, and it was wonderful.   Even with maintaining 6 feet social distance space it was easy enough to talk (Joe and I also live together, so it was mostly Fred social distancing from us, and vice versa).   :-)

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