Trail of the Week: Franconia Ridge Loop, New Hampshire
A challenging trail in the White Mountains—but it's worth it.
Our Trail of the Week feature is made possible through a partnership with Trail Run Project.
One of the signature trails in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Franconia Ridge Loop offers challenging terrain and a steep ascent for fit trail runners.
This loop offers everything you can expect. Steep hard rocky terrain, yet superb panoramic views on an exposed ridgeline for a long mile! During the descent, you’ll cross several waterfalls.
The run to the top is really rocky. Once on the summit you are exposed to full weather, so bring wind-stopping clothes.
During the descent you’ll follow a river and cross several waterfall so you could bring some water purifier and refill your water bottle there.
Runnable: 63 percent
Singletrack: 100 percent
Average Grade: 17 percent
Max Grade: 75 percent
Total Ascent: 3,758 feet
Total Descent: -3,769 feet
Highest Elevation: 5,230 feet
For a closer look, check out the interactive map, data, photos and virtual run simulator courtesy of Trail Run Project: