Moonlight Hike to Lonesome Lake, Franconia Notch, Sat. Jan. 19th 2019

Attention Night Hikers!

PLAN TO ARRIVE ABOUT 4:30PM TO PREPARE FOR A 5:00 PM DEPARTURE. WE’LL MEET NEAR THE LOG CABIN IN THE CAMPGROUND PARKING LOT (SOUTHBOUND SIDE OF THE NOTCH). THERE IS AVAILABLE PARKING ACROSS THE STREET AT THE BRIDAL PATH PARKING LOT (NORTHBOUND SIDE OF NOTCH).

There will be a Moonlight Winter Hike to the AMC Lonesome Lake Hut taking place on Saturday evening January 19h. Tom Cronin will be organizing this adventure. Meet at the Lonesome Lake Trail head parking located at the Lafayette Place Campground in the heart of Franconia Notch State Park by 4:30ish pm to prepare for a 5pm departure. If traveling from the South, you can park at either the Bridal Path Parking lot (Northbound side) or stay on Rte 93 thru Franconia Notch for 2 more miles turning around at Cannon Mt Tramway exit to reverse direction, than park at Lafayette Place CG lot. Winter hiking conditions will prevail so preparations including, full winter gear/clothing layers including traction devices, ski poles or trek poles, headlamps and an extra light source and glove liners are required.

We will plan to ascend to Lonesome Lake starting at dusk (5pm) and should arrive at the Hut by roughly 6pm.

The route up will be the Lonesome Lake Trail. The AMC Lonesome Lake Hut is open all winter long 24/7 and they light the wood stove in the evenings and offer hot water with coffee, tea, hot chocolate mixes and snacks for a small fee.

After a brief respite at the Hut to refresh and adjust our clothing layers, we will plan to complete the 1/2 mile hike around the lake (conditions pending) and then hike back down the same path.

If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call. And on the morning of Sat. the 19th, if the weather is stormy or with a predictable bad forecast, then we’ll probably cancel by 10am on the day of the hike by posting on Meetup. If the trip is a go, we’ll take our chances with weather conditions as “Notch Weather” is always somewhat unpredictable.

It’s a unique experience hiking at night, but this trail is well marked and only 1.6 miles to the hut along an easy-moderate grade path. Please RSVP on Meetup if you plan to go so we know who to expect.

See you in the woods!

Tom Cronin

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