Mt. Lincoln, Franconia Notch NH
by Doug Millen
Mt Lincoln NH – "Lincoln's Throat"
I have often looked over and speculated on what the climbing on Mt. Lincoln might be like. Fred Bieber and I went to find out. We were not disappointed.
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How to get there
Take 93 North to Franconia Notch. Park at the trail head parking just after the Basin parking or at the Lafayette Camp Ground. Hike the Old Bridal Path till you are in line with the gully (see 1st photo). Bush wack down through thick spruce to the brook. Cross the brook and head up the right drainage. Follow this drainage till you hit the basin then take the right drainage to the summit. Follow the ridge trail right to Haystack Mt. and descend the Falling Waters trail. It’s about 9 miles round trip.
When to go?
Early winter before the snow get too deep. The gullies are subject to avalanche danger, be careful.
How much climbing can I expect to actually get in?
About one pitch of WI3 ice. If you are looking for lots of ice, this is the wrong climb. This climb is about getting away from the crowds and climbing a mountain.
Is it worth it?
Absolutely! No trail, road traffic or other climbers. I felt like I was walking up some big drainage out west. Great views all day and you top out at 5000 ft. A great leg work out and a great adventure. This is a remote climb so act accordingly. Enjoy!