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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  • The small lake shines in the Sun as if reflecting 10,000 small diamonds on the surface. This is the reward for a rise of about an hour in good weather and with stout footwear. The trail has in the meantime quite large rocks to the untrained hikers and family take more time, and should plan for multiple breaks. The wonderful nature, but formally invites for.
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  • The hike to get to Lonesome Lake was a great fall activity in the Franconia region. Warning: the "1.6" mile (each way) hike is a lot more than you would guess! I think the 0.8 miles left sign is impro...  more »
  • This is a short hike, manageable for most and the end result is truly breathtaking. Don't miss this hidden treasure. My Teen's ran up it in less than an hour so it's not very long at all.  more »
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  • Beautiful lake, definitely worth the walk up
  • One of the highlights of my trip through New Hampshire and WMNF
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