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    NH "Most Scenic Hike" description seems short on intel

    I had already guessed that the Franconia Ridge Trail would be listed as NH's most scenic trail in this clickbait.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tra...?ocid=msedgntp

    What I did not know was that it could he "done" in 5.5 hours, won't require snowshoes in winter, and is a great place to watch the sunset.

    What could possible go wrong?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wardsgirl View Post
    I had already guessed that the Franconia Ridge Trail would be listed as NH's most scenic trail in this clickbait.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tra...?ocid=msedgntp

    What I did not know was that it could he "done" in 5.5 hours, won't require snowshoes in winter, and is a great place to watch the sunset.

    What could possible go wrong?
    Reading many trip reports on "AllTrails.com" I learned that it can be very windy and cold once you get up on Franconia Ridge. Tip: Bring a sweatshirt.

    And can someone tell me what a "hand curated" trail guide is?
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    It was a top walk in walking magazine several years ago also. It can be done in ten hours in the fall with a broken foot too. Hopefully the most unprepared will read that now and go while they don't need snowshoes for the little bit they may find.
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    I wonder if going up to watch the sunset and hanging around until sunrise will become popular?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    Reading many trip reports on "AllTrails.com" I learned that it can be very windy and cold once you get up on Franconia Ridge. Tip: Bring a sweatshirt.

    And can someone tell me what a "hand curated" trail guide is?
    In the winter, the trail also features "artisanal ice."
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    They also forgot that to mention that the Trailhead parking lot never fills up and leads to very little folks on the trail.
    Especially during foliage season.
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    We should start a new 'circles of hell' thread.

    - People who say xxx trail can be done in yy hours (NEVER give time estimates!)
    - Failure to provide adequate descriptions
    - Misuse of 'curated'
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiguy View Post
    They also forgot that to mention that the Trailhead parking lot never fills up and leads to very little folks on the trail.
    Especially during foliage season.
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    Was that this weekend? The picture has a timestamp of 8:58 PM for Saturday & I am thinking it's too light and too crowded for almost 9:00 PM. They are now parking on both sides of the road & with no shuttle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike P. View Post
    They are now parking on both sides of the road & with no shuttle.
    They removed the restrictions in the notch and took down all the signs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DayTrip View Post
    They removed the restrictions in the notch and took down all the signs?
    No -- the restrictions are still there. The lot for Falling Waters looked pretty full yesterday at about 9:00 am as we drove by.

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    Things are actually quieter on the loop as the parking restrictions are in place and the shuttle is not running. Note that the huts traffic is also not there but overall less people doing the loop on weekends due to parking. So for most folks the early hiker gets spot. Alternatively moonlight and sunrise hikes are another alternative.

    https://www.nhstateparks.org/activit...-hiker-parking

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