Appalachian Trail Section #178

Located 8.4 miles from Franconia, New Hampshire (NH)

4 Stars
23,314 Steps 1  (10.3 mi)
Appalachian Trail: [ #001 - #212 ]

The Appalachian Trail (Section #178) has a maximum elevation of 5,166 ft (1,575 m), a minimum elevation of 1,714 ft (522 m), and an elevation gain of 31,326 ft (9,548 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Appalachian Trail Section #178 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
23,31410.3 mi1,714 ft5,166 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
5.9 hrs2.731,326 ft22,944 ft
[ B to A ]
5.4 hrs4.122,944 ft31,326 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #178?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #178 is 10.3 mi (16.6 km) or 23,314 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #178?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #178 in 5.9 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 5.4 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Lincoln to South Twin Mountain Topo Maps

Download free Lincoln to South Twin Mountain topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Sugar Hill, NH
  2. North Topo Map: Franconia, NH
  3. Northeast Topo Map: South Twin Mountain, NH
  4. West Topo Map: Mount Moosilauke, NH
  5. Topo Map: Lincoln, NH
  6. East Topo Map: Mount Osceola, NH
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Mount Kineo, NH
  8. South Topo Map: Woodstock, NH
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Waterville Valley, NH

Is there a Appalachian Trail map for Section #178?

Yes, and they're free! The Appalachian Trail Section #178 is located on the Lincoln and South Twin Mountain topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

AT178T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #178 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.

Local Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast; this weather forecast covers the Appalachian Trail Section #178, provided by the National Weather Service. (


  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.

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