Manchester, NH: Falling Waters-Old Bridle Path

Climb past cascading waterfalls, alongside rocky ledges, and over three exposed summits on this 7.8-mile loop, which offers some of the best views in the White Mountains.
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Climb past cascading waterfalls, alongside rocky ledges, and over three exposed summits on this 7.8-mile loop, which offers some of the best views in the White Mountains.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 12.1

Waypoints

FWT001

Location: 44.141815, -71.681564

Start SE on white-blazed Old Bridle Path

FWT002

Location: 44.1399, -71.679901

Hard R over bridge (Walker Brook) onto blue-blazed Falling Waters Trail

FWT003

Location: 44.136749, -71.673615

Cascading Stairs Falls, followed by 60-foot Swiftwater Falls and 80-foot Cloudland Falls (rocks can be slippery)

FWT004

Location: 44.140385, -71.65097

Sidetrip: Turn R and go .1 mile to Shining Rock Spur, a granite ledge 200 ft. high and 800 ft. long; retrace route back to Falling Waters Trail and continue straight

FWT005

Location: 44.140434, -71.64595

Summit of Little Haystack Mtn.; turn L onto Franconia Ridge Trail for exposed hike on boulder and scree trail

FWT006

Location: 44.148849, -71.644569

Mt. Lincoln; continue straight on Franconia Ridge Trail

FWT007

Location: 44.160831, -71.644447

Mt. Lafayette; turn L onto Greenleaf Trail and descend

FWT008

Location: 44.1605, -71.653069

Dirt clearing in boulder field and short scrub

FWT009

Location: 44.160282, -71.660332

Greenleaf Hut sits near glacial tarn; bear L onto Old Bridle Path

FWT010

Location: 44.155384, -71.665482

Fabulous high-peaks views and rest stops for next .5 mile

FWT011

Location: 44.1437, -71.677254

Rest spot: Gnarled roots form a natural seat; continue S then turn R back to trailhead