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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  • July 13, 2017
    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 »
  • June 27, 2017
    Climb up Lonesome Lake trail rewards you with a breathtaking lake; definitely worth the effort. Climb will have you breathing heavy at times but definitely manageable; we are 70 and still enjoy the cl...  more »
  • March 23, 2017
    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 »

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