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Eagle Cliff
Franconia, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up a slide on the way to Eagle Cliff
Looking up a slide on the way to Eagle Cliff

Route: Greenleaf Trail, bushwhack, (Eagle Cliff), bushwhack, Greenleaf Trail

Starting at the Tramway, we hiked across the flatter portion of the Greenleaf Trail, then turned off it and gained a visual of a chimney/gully of sorts on the northwestern part of Eagle Cliff. Working through open woods, we soon reached a slide and continued uphill on it with decent views into the notch.

At the top of the slide, we hung the contour northwest and soon were approaching the gully we were aiming for. Heading up the slide below it, we were treated with excellent views down the notch and dramatic cliffs. Nearing the top of the chute, there was some scrambling required.

Once on the ridge, we were able to follow either a herd path or the old Eagle Cliff Trail for awhile until it faded out. From there, it was a moderate bushwhack to the true summit, from where we had excellent views in almost every direction.

Continuing a bit south and west, finding some excellent cliff views. After that, we worked back east, then dropped steeply through somewhat thick woods into the back of Eagle Pass, then headed back down the Greenleaf Trail.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Eagle Cliff
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, November 14, 2010
Hike Commenced: 7:32 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,965'
Destination: Eagle Cliff
Ascent Commenced: 7:37 AM
Summit Reached: 9:42 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:05
Trailhead Elevation: 1,980'
Summit Elevation: 3,420'
Vertical Gain: 1,580'
Hike Ended: 11:41 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:09
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,655'


The Old Bridle Path trailhead at the back of the parking area
The Old Bridle Path trailhead at the back of the parking area

An interesting rock formation
An interesting rock formation

Looking down a chimney on the way to Eagle Cliff
Looking down a chimney on the way to Eagle Cliff

Cannon Mountain as seen from Eagle Cliff - Click to enlarge
Cannon Mountain as seen from Eagle Cliff

Topographic map of Eagle Cliff


Directions to trailhead: Take I-93 North to the Cannon Mountain Tramway exit, parking in the Tramway parking area. Walk back under the overpass, taking a left and walking partway up the onramp. The Greenleaf Trail trailhead will be on the right.

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