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Section 5 - Franconia Notch to Kinsman Notch Displayed from North to South

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Franconia Notch (Liberty Springs Trailhead Parking)
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Our car was parked overnight, 6-22-21, at the Liberty Springs trailhead, in Franconia Notch. It was broken into. 07/04/21
 

 

todjones.161 @ gmail.com
FYI: The official southern end of this section is where the AT joins the Franconia Notch State Park Bike Path and crosses the Pemigewasset River on a bridge. There is no automobile access to this point. See below for parking option at nearby Liberty Springs Trailhead Parking.

GPS: 44.100860, -71.681764
Franconia Notch (Liberty Springs Trailhead Parking) This parking lot is off of US-3. From the parking lot, take the Whitehouse trail compass north to the AT (intersection fo the Liberty Trail/Cascade Brook Trail/bike path). The Whitehouse Trail goes north as a footpath for 0.6 miles to reach the paved bike path. Continue north on this for another 0.2-0.3 miles. The AT is reached just before the bike path crosses the Pemigewasset River on a bridge.
The southbound AT follows the Cascade Brook Trail. The northbound AT goes straight ahead on the bike path across the bridge, then turns onto the Liberty Spring Trail

See also the Basin Cascades Trail Parking Lot at Section 5 (MP 1.5) for a second parking option 07/08/21
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WardandDA @ gmail.com
1.5
Basin-Cascades Trail
   Poor           Great



 
Basin Cascades Trail parking: 44.120175, -71.681291

Take the exit off I-93 (Franconia Notch parkway) for the Basin.
Follow the paved bike path south from parking lot on the east side of the parkway. It is about 0.5 miles to the junction with the AT. The northbound AT goes left. If using the parking lot on the west side of the parkway, follow the bike path south and under the freeway to the east side lot. 07/08/21 Ample Parking
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WardandDA @ gmail.com
2.8
Lonesome Lake/Cascade Brook Trails
   Poor           Great



 
If going north on I-93 take the exit for Trailhead parking across from Lafayette Place Campground. If going south on I-83, take the exit for Lafayette Place Campgound. Bear right at the end of the ramp. Parking near the hiker information booth. From the east lot follow the pavedpath thorugh thepedestrian underpass to the west lot. The attached map shows the area on either side of the parkway Follow signs for the Lonesome Lake Trail through the campground. This is a heavily used trail so the route is clear once past the campground. It is 1.2 miles to the northeast corner of Lonesome Lake, involving 950 feet of elevation gain. At this point go left (south) on the Cascade Brook Trail which follow the east then south shores of the lake, meeting the AT in 0.3 miles. The Cascade Brook Trail goes left (compass south, trail north) here and becomes part of the AT. The southbound AT goes straight ahead as the Fishin Jimmy Trail. Lonesome Lake Hut is about 0.1 mile further on this trail. Area is very busy during peak weekends. Parking can fill quickly and an attendant may be stationed at entrance.5/3/21 20-25 on east side and ample on west side
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David Cullen
5.0
Mt. Kinsman Trail
   Poor           Great



 
Information from the AMC "White Mountain Guide", 27th ed. Trail head for this trail is on the east side of NH 116 at the Franconia-Easton town line, about 4.4 miles south of NH 18 in Franconia and 2.0 miles north of the Easton Town Hall. There is a sign for the town line a few yards north of the trail, but there may not be a sign for the trail itself. According to the White Mountain Guide, the trail starts by following a logging road closed by a chain gate between two granite pillars opposite a house. When scouting this trailhead, I found the town line sign, but there are no granite pillars. There appears to be a road which leads past a town maintenance yard. I saw no blazes, but even the White Mt. Guide says the trail is sparsely blazed. Roadside parking would be very difficult. There was parking by the town maintenance shed, but I do not know if hikers can use this. If found, the Mt. Kinsman Trail climbs 2900 feet in 3.7 miles to meet the AT (here part of the Kinsman Ridge Trail). To the right (southbound) it is 0.4 miles to the summit of North Kinsman. 3/22/21 limited roadside parking
 

 

David Cullen
9.8
Reel Brook Trail
   Poor           Great



 
Trail head for this trail is on a gravel road (Reel Brook Rd.) that leaves NH 116 3.7 miles north of the junction with NH 112 at Bungay Corner and 1.1 miles south of the Easton Town Hall. There is a hiker logo at the intersection. The road is passable for cars to a fork at 0.6 miles from NH 116. The right fork apparently leads to a home. There is another hiker logo pointing to the left branch. This left branch is very poor quality and a high clearance vehicle would be advisable. However it is only 50 feet to a clearing where there is parking. The satellite view of the attached map shows Reel Brook Road and the two forks at the end. This trail starts on the east side of the clearing. There is currently no sign. After a few feet it is apparent you are on a old road. The trail follows old roads of various quality for most of its distance. It climbs 1200 feet in 2.9 miles to meet the AT in the col between Mt. Wolf and South Kinsman. Northbound is to the left, soutbound to the right. 3/22/21 6-8
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David Cullen
15.6
Dilly Trail
   Poor           Great



 
Following information from AMC White Mountain Guide, 27th ed. I have checked out the trail head but have not hiked the trail.

Trail head is for this trail is on Lost River Reservation south of Kinsman Notch on NH 112 is on a parking area access road directly across from a gazebo. The trail is open only during the hours and seasons that the Lost River reservation is open and closed to the public at all other times.
This trail is reportedly very steep and rough. It climbs 650 feet in 0.5 miles to meet the AT (here part of the Kinsman Ridge Trail). Southbound is to the left, northbound is to the right. 3/22/21 Ample parking
 

 

David Cullen
16.3
NH 112 - Kinsman Notch
   Poor           Great



 
The AT crosses NH 112 6.2 miles west of North Woodstock - 2.8 miles east of Bungay Corner (junction of NH 112 and NH 116), and 17.7 miles east of Woodsville. here is a large paved parking lot on the west side of the highway just south of the crossing. White Mountain National Forest Parking Permit (or equivalent) is required. A short spur trail at the northwest corner of the lot leads past a bulletin board to the AT. Soutbound to Section 6 goes left, northbound to NH 112 and Section 5 goes right. 3/22/21 The lot is very large.Do not leave valuable in your vehicle since theft and vandalism have occurred here.
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David Cullen

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