Whether you’re heading out on the trail for the first time or looking for a hike for family members young and old, there are plenty of options for everyone both at Loon and close by. Here’s our favorite easy hikes to get you out in the mountains.
1.6 mi., elev. gain 500 vertical ft. – Meander alongside Boyle Brook as you make your way up the Brookway trail from the Octagon Lodge to Camp III. Once at Camp III you can hike a short loop on Brookway Extension or continue up to the summit of Loon Peak via the Bear Claw trail.
2.3 mi, elev. gain 187 ft. – Head past the Octagon Lodge and up Black Mountain Rd. The trail winds its way along the east branch of the Pemigewasset River and up to the Hanncock Branch. Please note that these are multi-use trails, and you may encounter mountain bikers on your hike. If you’d like to join in the fun, here’s more information on Loon’s cross country bike trail network.
7.7 mi., elev gain 433 ft. – Leaving from Loon, take a right and head to Lincoln Woods, one of the gateways to the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The trail follows the east branch of the Pemi and includes numerous interpretative signs that tell the story of the area’s logging history.
1.9 mi., elev. gain 469 ft. – At the beginning of Franconia Notch State Park, Flume Gorge is one of the most impressive falls in the area. The trail offer a deep, mossy forest up to the natural gorge that extends 800 ft. at the base of Mount Liberty. Start at the Flume Visitor Center and pay the trail fee before starting your adventure.