From Lincoln in mid-October
Mt Lafayette - 5260'
is dominated by Mt Lafayette, home to the AMC's
The other major peak on the ridge is Mt Lincoln, with
Little Haystack on the end. The mountain was originally called Great
Haystack but was renamed in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette for his
role in the Revolutionary War. The mountain is very popular with hikers,
and the Franconia Ridge Loop (described below) is often crowded on summer
weekends. At 5260', Lafayette is the highest peak in NH outside the Presidential Range.
It is subject to high winds, cold temperatures and foggy conditions in all
seasons, so a hike here should not be taken lightly.
At the summit are the
foundations of a building that was used as hiker hut and
stables for the bridle horses that burned
long ago. Near Greenleaf Hut is Eagle Lake, a
beautiful mountain pond.
- Old Bridle Path - The most popular route to the summit, the OBP leaves Lafayette Place Campground
at in Franconia Notch. The trip starts by climbing through forest until reaching a
ledge about half way to the hut.
From here, the trail climbs the three
miseries and comes out to the hut at treeline.
- Falling Waters Trail - This trail takes you up past several
large waterfalls on the way
to the ridge. Another interesting point along hte trail is
Shining Rock, which can ve seen from
most places in Franconia Notch.
- Franconia Ridge Trail - The 1.9 miles of trail from
Little Haystack are some of the most
dramatic and picturesque in New Hampshire. The trail narrow at times, but affords the best ridgewalk atmosphere
in the WMNF. It connects the OBP to the Falling Waters Trail for a 9 mile loop back to Lafayette Place Campground
- Greenleaf Trail - This trail starts at the Cannon Mountain parking lot and climbs past Eagle Ledges
and reaches Greenleaf Hut after ZZZ miles. The trail continues to the summit
of Lafayette in 1.5 more miles for a total trip distance of ZZZ.
- Lafayette Place - Located in the center of
Franconia Notch State Park, there are parking areas on either side of the
Parkway with a foot travel tunnel running underneath. Both the Old
Bridle Path and Falling Waters start from the east side. There are
restrooms and a pay phone at the trailhead, and no WMNF parking pass is
- Cannon Tramway - Take Exit 34B on the Franconia Parkway,
and follow the signs to the Cannon Tramway parking area. The
Greenleaf trail starts on the east side of the Parkway. No WMNF parking pass
- Skookumchuck - The trailhead is located at the
end of the Franconia Notch bikepath. The parking area is north of
the Notch, on Rt 3, just after it branches off from I-93. A WMNF parking
pass is required.
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