Date uncertain. Hiked to the summit from Franconia Notch with Chuck Mims in mild snow storm.
This was a beautiful day for a traverse - sunny, 60s, not to breezy up top. The scenery throughout was stunning! The Falling Waters Trail was much steeper, so I recommend going the direction that we did; up Falling Waters to the Franconia Ridge Trail, then down the Old Bridle Path.
Came up the bridle path. Started at 0530 and didn't run into anyone until between Lafayette and Lincoln. Decent visibility today
Tough climb, but absolutely worth it for the stunning views on the ridge
Climbed in July 2010.
Went on a cloudy day. Walking the ridge while the clouds pass over was incredible! It was very cold at the top but the constantly changing view was perfect
Did this a part of a day hike of the Franconia Ridge. Despite the crowds, it was one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done!
Great overnight trip with high school friends.
Took a long time overall to reach the three summits and finish at Laffayette. Three of us on top. Descended to the hut
unseasonably warm with little wind. Would have been perfect except for the low cloud cover that obstructed all views.
Franconia Ridge from north to south via the Skookumchuck and Garfield Ridge Trails to the summit of Mt. Lafayette (5,260’). We will then follow the Franconia Ridge Trail over Mt. Lincoln (5,089’) to Little Haystack Mtn. (4,750’) before taking the Falling Waters Trail down to Lafayette Place.
I bagged this peak as part of a 1.5 day Pemi Loop trip where I bagged 10 4K summits in all (plus a few that didn't count). The weather was incredible, but the ridge line was bone dry and had I been smart I would have refilled my water at Liberty Spring because I was desperate by the time I was coming off Garfield. I didn't enjoy Lincoln or Lafayette as much because of the intense crowds. I like my summit solitude and there was none of that because of the day-hiking city dwellers who climb them and have a picnic/party on the summit... I am glad they are getting out into nature I just don't want to share my summits with 100 strangers. My favorites of them all were West Bond and Bond Cliff where solitude abounded and the stark beauty of the ledges around the summits made for great places to quietly sit and appreciate what God has made for us to experience if we just step out of our comfort zone a bit.
Ran up the Falling Waters trail and down the Old Bridal path. Being from the Rockies, This is definitely the coolest mountain experience I've seen East of the rockies. The Falling Waters trail was absolutely incredible and the whole loop was fantastic...definitely a classic in my book and a not miss if you want a mountain experience in the NE.
This was peak #4 on our 5-day excursion. We passed 2 very large groups on our way to the summit. One group stated they had 57 people and the other had probably somewhere in the 20-30 range. There were a lot of folks up on the ridge for a Monday. We were glad to get away from the Franconia Ridge and to get into more isolated territory.
My girlfriend and I set off on the Falling Waters trail around 6am, arriving at the summit of Little Haystack around 9:30am. From there we traversed the ridge to the summit of Mount Lincoln. From Lincoln we set off for the summit of Mount Lafayette around 12:15pm. We had zero visibility all day above treeline, making it tough to navigate certain sections and gauge how far we had to go. We finally have top of the line gear, except that my new new-matic BD sabretooth crampons kept popping off my Koflach arctis expe boots. After the 4th time they came off I switched to my hybrid crampons and life was swell. Took the Bridal Veil Falls trail 2.9 miles back to the trailhead, arriving around 3pm. Great day.
nice little ridge hike
Did the Haystack-Lincoln-Lafayette loop. Found General Lafayette and thanked him for all he did for us in the 18th century. Didn't expect the trail to be so cared for on the ridge, was like hiking up the Empire State Building
Just harsh enough on the summit to make it really feel like a winter climb
Awesome late season trip across the ridge.