One of my absolute favorite parts about living in New Hampshire, specifically at the base of the White Mountains, is hiking. Summer hiking trips have been a part of my life since childhood. But for some reason, last year we hardly hiked at all. Granted, last summer was a bit rocky in terms of some personal life turbulence. No matter the reason, this year I definitely did not want to let hiking season pass us by. Thanks to my trusty bullet journal, I’ve planned out some summer hiking trips for us to conquer!
We’ve already checked the first hike off our list! The Lonesome Lake loop up in Franconia Notch was our first hike of the year over Memorial Day weekend. A beautiful 3.2 mile loop with plenty of rocks for my happy child to climb on along the way. I wanted to start with a ~3 mile hike to see how well our six year old would handle the distance + incline. Unsurprisingly, she handled it like a champ! Other than a couple short rests on the way up, and a knee bashing incident on the way down, it was smooth sailing.
As expected, the view was gorgeous. The White Mountains, and especially Franconia Notch, do not disappoint. Even driving through them is beautiful. Lonesome Lake is a lovely little mountain lake tucked between peaks. They have a couple spots with docks for relaxing; we enjoyed a nice lunch picnic at one. Wooden board paths surround the lake in a loop so you walk above all the wet ground and over small streams and rivers as you make your way around – my daughter loved that part! Overall, it was a perfect way to kick off our hiking season.
I have a few trails on our list that break the 4 mile mark. Those trails are also a bit more challenging in terms of terrain. But I think if she can handle this as the first hike of the year, by the end of summer she’ll be climbing those no problem. I’ll be sharing more pics of different trails and trips for sure. Can’t wait to check more summer hiking trips off our list!
Do you hike in the summer? What’s your favorite summer activity?