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Franconia Area

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointMount Lafayette (5240+ ft/1597+ m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesNew Hampshire
Area300 sq mi / 776 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent20 mi / 31 km North-South
29 mi / 47 km East-West
Center Lat/Long44° 8' N; 71° 24' W
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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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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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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 MountainsLevel 4 (Parent)
         White Mountain North CountryLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Mahoosuc RangeLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Western White MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Franconia AreaLevel 5
                 Franconia RangeLevel 6 (Child)
                 Twin RangeLevel 6 (Child)
                 Willey RangeLevel 6 (Child)
                 Pemigewasset RangesLevel 6 (Child)
                 Moat-Bear Notch AreaLevel 6 (Child)
         Presidential RangeLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Eastern White MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Sandwich RangeLevel 5 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Franconia Area

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.Mount Lafayette5240+1597+Franconia Range
2.Mount Lincoln50891551Franconia Range
3.South Twin49021494Twin Range
4.North Twin47611451Twin Range
5.Little Haystack4760+1451+Franconia Range
6.Mount Bond46981432Twin Range
7.Mount Carrigain4680+1426+Pemigewasset Ranges
8.South Twin-Lower Knob4560+1390+Twin Range
9.Mount Guyot4560+1390+Twin Range
10.Mount Garfield4480+1366+Franconia Range
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.Mount Lafayette5240+1597+Franconia Range
2.South Twin49021494Twin Range
3.Mount Carrigain4680+1426+Pemigewasset Ranges
4.Mount Field4320+1317+Willey Range
5.Mount Tremont33711027Moat-Bear Notch Area



Photos of Peaks in the Franconia Area

Mount Lafayette

Looking south from the summit of Mount Lafayette at the spectacular crest of the Franconia Ridge (1981-07-10).
Mount Lincoln

Mount Lincoln is the far high bump on the crest of the Franconia Ridge (1981-07-10).
South Twin
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South Twin from West Bond (2010-09-20). Photo by Rian Laub.
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North Twin
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Beautiful summer day at the top of North Twin (2014-06-28). Photo by Vic Stashewsky.
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Little Haystack
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Franconia Ridge (Flume, Liberty, Little Haystack, Lincoln, Truman, and Lafayette), Garfield, and Owl's Head from Osceola (2006-09-27). Photo by Rian Laub.
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Mount Bond

The remote dome of Mount Bond rises above the crags of the Bondcliffs.
Mount Carrigain
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The view from Zealand Falls Hut in late autumn (2009-10-11). Photo by Rian Laub.
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West Bond
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West Bond and Mt Bond from Bondcliff (2010-09-20). Photo by Rian Laub.
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Mount Liberty
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Mt Flume (foreground) and Mt Liberty (background) (2006-08-30). Photo by Rian Laub.
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Mount Hancock
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Hancock with the boys (2014-09-10). Photo by Vic Stashewsky.
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