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.
Headed up on 3/23, lots of snow on the trails but it wasn't nearly as windy as the parking lot. Once we got past the Greenleaf Hut the wind picked up. Visibility dropped to about 15-20 feet at times nearing the summit, we turned around probably 50 yards shy as the visibility was rough.. could barely find the rock pyramids but made it back to the hut in about 30 minutes. Definitely one of the dicier situations I've been in, glad we were dressed appropriately minus goggles. Heading down was a blast, the trails were basically long glissade chutes, covered 50-100 yards at one point in a matter of seconds :)
Tried to do this a few years ago during torrential rain, and ended up destroying my boots. A lot easier to do in the snow. Pretty windy at the top.
Been my 4 seasons traingin grounds for two decades
Not successful. Almost got to the tree line of little haystack. Hard hard work to move through 3 feet++ of snow. Windy. Traces disappeared behind us. 7 hours return. Would have taken 20 hours to go around.
would love to do this hike in the winter
A nice walk, despite low cloud and drizzle...
With all of the primary goals accomplished for my big NE USA trip, I had several days for garbage time (i.e. extra peakbagging and CoHPing, and sightseeing). Mount Lafayette had been previously recommended to me, with its large prominence being the carrot that led this rabbit to it. I did the trail traverse that crossed multiple named hills. After the nice morning hike, I drove south... first to Worcester (MA) for a hockey-related visit and then to Rhode Island for a couple of CoHPs (Bristol, Newport).
Summit #5 on a traverse from Flume to Garfield. Great fun!
Hiked the classic Little Haystack, Lincoln, Lafayette. The first time was cloudy and rainy. Did it a little under a year later and was graced with a perfect day with almost no crowds.
Did a Pemi Loop over 2.5 days with a couple of friends. Going counter clockwise, camped at Guyot and Garfield tent sites. Saw an awesome lightning over a town to the north storm from Garfield; got hailed on in a lightning storm on the way out on the last day. Had a bottle of Bowmore with us.
Did a slightly longer version of the usual circuit loop by adding Mt Liberty too. Parked at Liberty Springs, climbed up to Liberty then across the ridgeline over to Lincoln and Lafayette. Was glad the caretaker at the hut (Kate) left out some pop tarts to buy. I was famished. Down Bridle Path and then an easy walk on the multi use path in the notch back to the Liberty Springs campsite. Eight hours round trip.
Large ice slab about 100 feet from the summit turned most people without crampons and/or an axe around. Trail below treeline was well packed - great views along the ridge.
Fun loop starting from Falling Waters and then the Haystack to Lincoln to Lafayette Ridge and down the Greenleaf trail. Excessive winds at the summit on top of low temperatures. All around a great climb though