Lincoln is the gateway to the Kancamagus Highway which stretches from the Pemigewasset River at Lincoln 34-1/2 miles to the Saco River at Conway, NH. The route climbs to nearly 3000' as it traverses the flank of Mt. Kancmagus near Lincoln. It is open year-round, weather permitting.
If you plan on leaving your vehicle, for hiking or picnicing while on the highway, check to see if you need a to pick up a Parking Pass
at the Lincoln Visitor Center, the Ranger Station in Conway or other designated vendors.
For more info on the White Mountain Parking Pass program see: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/white/recreation/fee_demo/index.html Of course the 'Kanc' is my favorite reason for going to Lincoln.
Be sure to stop and get gas before crossing. No gas stations along the Kanc for over 34 miles.
"There's a gas station right there, better stop!"
Camp & Hike along the Kancamagus Highway
The Kancamagus Highway provides access to many National Forest recreational sites including overlooks, campgrounds, hiking trails and picnic areas.
Crisp mountain air and a carpet of colors in the Fall. It doesn't get much better for hiking! ~ Bring a compass, a map, and a guidebook.
~ Bring a light source . Flashlights or headlamps are essential gear, even if you don't plan on being out after dark. Pop an ankle or wander off trail and, suddenly, your quick hike can take a lot more time. Toss in a back-up flashlight and an extra set of fresh batteries to be truly prepared.
~ Bring a first aid kit . Simple stuff does the trick. Adhesive bandages, adhesive tape, gauze, a small squeeze bottle to irrigate wounds, antibiotic ointment, and pain relievers are the basics. Also, a bandanna works as a cravat bandage or a sling.
~ Bring plenty of water . Nobody drinks enough water. And, you need lots when you're exercising. Two quarts per person per day is recommended.
~ Don't forget the duct tape . In the backcountry, duct tape is a repair kit on a roll. Wind a few feet around your water bottle and it'll always be close at hand. A hole in your canoe or a tear in your tent are no fun, but a bit of duct tape can save the day.
~~ Get a weather report. Weather is always the wild card in the mountains. When you hit the trail, wear or bring clothing that'll keep you warm and dry, even if the skies are clear.
So Dan and I both had the day off, which is very rare for us, so we decided to go hiking in the White Mountains. I left it up to him to pick the hike. He chose a 7.6 mile loop, which would bring us to the top of Mt. Moosilake. 3.6 miles of the hike was pretty much straight up! It was definately a workout and so worth it. Every part of the hike was absolutely beautiful and the summit, oh my goodness! Just take a look at the pictures and feel free to email me with any specific questions you may have. Remember when hiking in the Whites: bring lots and lots of water as well as many layers of clothes, including a rain jacket, a thermal, pants, extra socks, and it wouldn't hurt to bring a hat and gloves, too. The White Mountains are infamous for drastic weather patterns. It could be 80 degrees at the bottom of the climb and then the summit could be snowing. No Kidding!!!!