Trailheads located within yards of an interstate highway seldom promise extraordinary mountain adventure. All the more special, then, is this classic loop hike that departs the Franconia Notch Parkway and intersects the most thrilling mile of Franconia Ridge, an elevated knife-edge walk that’s a hallmark of New Hampshire hiking. Much of this route is exposed to the elements, but the isolated segment that ventures out onto Franconia’s narrow crest carries you almost a mile from even minimal protection. For safety and enjoyment, be sure that your time on these marvelous heights corresponds with favorable weather. Special attractions: Exhilarating panoramas from mounts Lincoln and Lafayette, the knife-edge excitement of Franconia Ridge, and the calming waters of beautiful Cloudland Falls.
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