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Lonesome Lake, White Mountains

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Lonesome Lake is a 12.2acre water body located in Franconia Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, south of Cannon Mountain. The lake is reachable by hiking trails from the Franconia Notch Parkway and features an Appalachian Mountain Club hut on its southwest shore.The lake lies in the Merrimack River watershed. Its outlet, Cascade Brook, flows south over ledges and waterfalls to the Pemigewasset River near "The Basin" in Franconia Notch. The Pemigewasset in turn flows south to the Merrimack River, which reaches the Atlantic Ocean at Newburyport, Massachusetts.Lonesome Lake is part of Franconia Notch State Park. The Appalachian Trail passes the lake at its outlet. Additional hiking trails travel north to Cannon Mountain.The lake is classified as a coldwater fishery and contains brook trout.
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  • My wife, her two sisters, my brother in-law, son and myself climbed the lonesome lake trail to the top where lonesome lake is. Great hike, a little challenging in some areas but a very enjoyable climb...  more »
  • If you are in the Franconia Notch area of the White Mts. National Forest, seriously consider stopping in at Lafayette campground and hiking up to Lonesome Lake. It is only 1.5 miles, but it is steep i...  more »
  • This was so perfect. The hike up to the lake, prime time tourist season, August, morning till evening...and we only saw maybe 3 other couples once you got off the main trail. The lake is beautiful, it...  more »

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