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syzygyRoute Climbed: Franconia Ridge Traverse Date Climbed: Sept 21,2002  Sucess!
Wahoo, this is a great climb. It doesn't let up, but its well worth it. If only it wasn't so popular, but its no wonder why it is.
Posted Nov 21, 2004 11:31 pm

mickymac1Route Climbed: Bridal Path Date Climbed: 6/'93 & 2/'01  Sucess!


Another favorite!
Posted Oct 8, 2004 1:29 pm

Jerry LRoute Climbed: Old Bridle Path Date Climbed: March 12, 2004  Sucess!

Jerry L

Climbed it with Mount Lincoln and Little Haystack Mountain with winds up to 90 MPH and snow storm. Incredible day.
Posted Mar 15, 2004 11:14 am

mikethehikerRoute Climbed: loop with lincoln Date Climbed: september 2003  Sucess!


On a clear day, the view on the ridge is spectacular
Posted Feb 23, 2004 7:48 pm

cragRoute Climbed: Complete double traverse Date Climbed: June 18, 1994  Sucess!


Have done the traverse many times. The most interesting was when we hiked up the Slide Trail on Flume, then went N over Liberty, Little Haystack, and Lincoln, to the summit of Lafayette. The we turned arund and traversed the other way, back to Liberty and descended from there. Brutal!
Posted Jan 23, 2004 2:29 pm

desainmeRoute Climbed: Bridle to Greenleaf to summit Date Climbed: June 1992  Sucess!


Nice hike up from Franconia Notch. Tony was getting married in a day or two at Lonesome Lake on the Cannon side of the notch and we decided to climb Lafayette one day. Good views of Cannon Cliff. Met the part of the wedding party halfway up and the little girl was climbing in plastic bolo sandals!
Posted Dec 5, 2003 8:42 am

AlpinistRoute Climbed: Franconia Ridge Traverse Date Climbed: August 4, 2001  Sucess!


This was one of many preparation hikes for Rainier. Nice trail, fun hike.
Posted Dec 5, 2003 2:09 am

franbelDate Climbed: September, 2003  Sucess!


A clear sky when we start traveling to New Hampshire.

But the mountain are the only place where it rains. We got a lot a rain and get lost in the fog. Thanks to Geneviève, we make it back. She know her way in the forest.

Tanks again Geneviève.
Posted Nov 15, 2003 9:09 am

Bill562Route Climbed: Falling Waters Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!


Nice hike up the steep trail to Franconia Ridge and with the crowds from there.
Posted Oct 3, 2003 5:19 pm

dpRoute Climbed: Franconia ridge traverse (both directions) Date Climbed: multiple times, 1970's  Sucess!


Until I went out west, this was my favorite hike. Multiple ascents in the summer, one ill fated attempt in the winter (terrible weather- we never got even close to tree line and became drenched on our second day of camping when the temperature suddenly rose about 15 degrees. We dried out a day later in an all-night laundromat in Littleton), but each time was great.
Posted Aug 31, 2003 1:33 am

FlandersRoute Climbed: Old Bridle Path Date Climbed: Sept 2002  Sucess!


Climbed when clouds were rolling in and over Franconia Ridge - very appealing to the eyes.
Posted Aug 22, 2003 11:10 am

DrazilRoute Climbed: Enroute from Garfield Ridge Tentsite to Lincold Woods Parking Lot. Date Climbed: 05-July-2003  Sucess!


Magical ! Must return in the winter.
Posted Jul 7, 2003 8:29 am

big_gRoute Climbed: AT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2000


Hit this one on my 2000 AT thruhike amid some serious ripping wind.
Posted Mar 3, 2003 6:22 pm

Brian JenkinsRoute Climbed: Old Bridle Path/Franconia Ridge Traverse Date Climbed: September 23, 2002  Sucess!

Brian Jenkins

Started climbing at about 9 am in cloudy, drizzly weather. We decided to the Franconia Ridge Traverse and do Lafayette first. No views until about halfway up Agony Ridge where we saw the clouds streaming along following the contour of the ridges. Decided to take a break about .1 miles from the hut but as we reached the Greenleaf Hut the winds picked up and clouds socked us in. We decided to take another break and warm up in the hut.

I had never done a "hut" experience before but decided that a clean restroom, warm suroundings, attractive female hutworkers, some food and a quick game of chess with my climbing buddy was kinda cool.

After about an hour, we decided to press on and as we passed Eagle Lake and started the final push to the summit, the clouds started breaking up. By the time we hit the summit, we had some decent views over to Lincoln. Talked to an AT thru-hiker up top and then headed on over to Lincoln........
Posted Sep 30, 2002 8:28 pm

mjm2167Route Climbed: Old Bridle Path Date Climbed: 5/13/95 First time  Sucess!


Still one of my Favorite winter climes! Or any time of year for that matter.
Posted Sep 16, 2002 6:35 pm

RoyZRRoute Climbed: Bridle Path Date Climbed: early March 2002  Sucess!


Beautiful winter hike... with great conditions we tagged Mt. Lincoln as well.
Posted May 10, 2002 1:34 pm

tedde1Route Climbed: several Date Climbed: many  Sucess!
A great climb especially in the winter, one of the best ridges to run in the East
Posted Mar 27, 2002 2:28 pm

EastKingRoute Climbed: Falling Water, Franconia Ridge, Greenleaf, Old Bridle Path Date Climbed: 5/27/99 and 6/16/01  Sucess!


First time I hiked this mountain it took me twelve hours because I went with two people who had never even seen a mountain before (They were intimidated by mountains "hills" in Maryland). The visibility was good at 60 miles from Franconia Ridge and I had a clear shot at Mt. Washington and Mt. Mooselauke.

The second time I hiked up this mountain it took me about six hours because I did it solo. That time the haze from hot June day cut the view to until twenty miles, which made Mt. Washington not visible to see.

Both times were hot with no wind, rain, snow or hail. I guess I am lucky when it comes to weather. I still consider this mountain my favorite and may try it winter if the weather is good. Luckily I only live a couple miles away.
Posted Feb 10, 2002 7:48 pm

JohnRoute Climbed: Loop, up Old Bridle Path Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2001  Sucess!


Getting a late start out of Boston, I decided to head up to Lafayette vs. Washington since it would get me on the trail an hour earlier. I've wanted to a winter traverse of the Franconia Ridge for a while so this was a good opportunity. Predictably, it took me 2 hours from Brighton (Boston) to the trailhead and I started hiking around 10 am.

The weather was nice on the hike up the Old Bridle Path, however, I could see clouds along the ridge on the way up. When I got to the Greenleaf Hut, the ridge looked clear, however, hikers coming down told me that they had low visibility up there. By the time I got up to the top of Lafayette, visiblity dropped and would remain at 30-120 feet across the ridge. While I ran into 7 people near the top, after Lafayette I would have the entire ridge and hike down to myself. Sometimes Windstopper is not enough, and this was one of those times. With 40 mph winds and low visibility, I also found that my water was freezing inside my pack. Needless to say, I didn't take too many photos on the ridge until I got to Little Haystack, at which time I was happy to duck back into the trees for a nice hike out. I saw about 20 people the entire day. Due to the usual heavy foot traffic, trails below treeline were well packed out while the trail above treeline was very evident. I brought an axe and crampons but did not use them. I'm glad I didn't consider bringing snowshoes, though after reading about several Harvard students being stranded overnight up there during March 2001, I did take a sleeping bag and nylon sheet which provided some peace of mind on the ridge. Some people wore plastic boots and brought poles but these weren't really necessary either.

Afterwards, I made my traditional stop at Chieng's Garden Chinese restaurant for dinner in Lincoln, NH. Always a nice stop after a cold hike.
Posted Dec 31, 2001 1:47 am

mconnellRoute Climbed: Loop, up Falling Waters Date Climbed: June 1999  Sucess!
Did the loop early in the morning, leaving the trailhead at about 5:30am. About half a dozen people on top, although I passed close to a hundred below the hut.

Posted Sep 14, 2001 12:35 pm

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