Epic One-Day Adventures: Hiking New Hampshire's Franconia Ridge

Epic One-Day Adventures: Hiking New Hampshire's Franconia Ridge

On Friday, October 14, we will remind all of you of your God-given right to ditch out of work to raft, hike, learn how to surf, or take a motorcycle tour — basically to do any fun, outdoors thing you've been putting off. National Day of Adventure is a skip day for adults where we encourage you to take a single-day adventure that will turn your sick day into a sick! day. 

Franconia Ridge is no ordinary day hike. This nine-mile trail through New Hampshire’s White Mountains is basically one endless summit. On the climb you’ll gain about 3,800 feet and then traverse three mountain peaks that sit in full view of Mount Washington, where the planet’s second highest wind speed, 231 mph, was recorded.

Yes, those winds rush Washington straight to the ridge, so bring a jacket in summer and an ice axe in early spring, when blown snow and winds that exceed 60 mph are common.

To Get There:

Head to the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia Notch State Park; park at the trailhead parking lot or nearby Lafayette Campground.