The 9-mile fairly easy Franconia Ridge Traverse, which gains about 3,850 feet in elevation in just a few miles, is one of the most popular higher summit loops in the White Mountains. Most people go in the fall, but you can skip the crowds and still enjoy some of the best views in New England. Make sure you have the proper gear to hike along this trail. It can get slippery. Don’t go if it recently snowed as this increase the chance of avalanches.