While rarely living up to its name, Lonesome Lake is a must-visit destination for its spectacular views and many natural features. The lake is also a great place from which to extend one’s journey by exploring more remote locations, including high mountain summits and impressive cascades.
Hike: Rising gradually, the Lonesome Lake Trail reaches the eastern shore in 1.2 miles. Here, join the Around Lonesome Lake Trail as it circles the scenic body of water in 0.8 mile.
Trailhead: Lafayette Place Campground, Franconia Notch State Park. www.nhstateparks.org.