|Range Type||Mountain range with well-recognized name|
|Highest Point||Mount Lafayette (5240+ ft/1597+ m)|
|Countries||United States |
|States/Provinces||New Hampshire |
|Area||300 sq mi / 776 sq km|
Area may include lowland areas
|Extent||20 mi / 31 km North-South|
29 mi / 47 km East-West
|Center Lat/Long||44° 8' N; 71° 24' W|
|Map Link||Microsoft Bing Map|
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This area of the White Mountains is nowhere as near as famous as the Presidential Range, but can still hold its own against its famous neighbor in many ways. It is far larger, offers plenty of awesome terrain and scenery, and receives less usage (although Fourth of July campers in the Pemigewasset Wilderness may find this hard to believe).
The Franconia Region is bounded by the scenic Kancamangus Highway to the south, U.S. 3 to the west and north, and U.S. 302 to the east and north. There are numerous ranges within this huge tract, which can only be considered one logical unit because these roads serve as its boundaries. The two highest and most prominent ranges are the Franconia Range and the Twin Range, but the Willey Range and the unnamed group of peaks around Mount Carrigain are also very prominent by White Mountain standards.
The Appalachian Trail runs across many of the major high peaks of the Franconia and Twin Ranges, but misses the Bonds and the Wiley Range. Like in the Presidentials, though, there is a well-developed trail network, with the A.T. latching on to various pre-existing trails: the Franconia Ridge Trail, the Garfield Ridge Trail, the Twinway, and the Ethan Pond Trail. A through hiker going through this area could find other worthwhile routes across it, and any extra time spent doing that or on various side trips is well spent in this truly fine group of mountains.
|Map of Franconia Area|
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|Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Franconia Area.|
|White Mountains||Level 4 (Parent)|
|         White Mountain North Country||Level 5 (Sibling)|
|         Mahoosuc Range||Level 5 (Sibling)|
|         Western White Mountains||Level 5 (Sibling)|
|         Franconia Area||Level 5|
|                 Franconia Range||Level 6 (Child)|
|                 Twin Range||Level 6 (Child)|
|                 Willey Range||Level 6 (Child)|
|                 Pemigewasset Ranges||Level 6 (Child)|
|                 Moat-Bear Notch Area||Level 6 (Child)|
|         Presidential Range||Level 5 (Sibling)|
|         Eastern White Mountains||Level 5 (Sibling)|
|         Sandwich Range||Level 5 (Sibling)|
Major Peaks of the Franconia Area
Photos of Peaks in the Franconia Area
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