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Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette
Franconia, NH, Lincoln, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Falling Waters Trail
The Falling Waters Trail

Route: Old Bridle Path, Falling Waters Trail, (Little Haystack Mountain), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Lincoln), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Truman), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Lafayette), Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path

Falling Waters Trail was mostly snow free until above the top water crossing, after which point the snow depth ramped up to a few feet, all the way to treeline. Due to the amount of barebooters, the monorail has been sort of smashed into a newer, wider monorail, which was supporting booting. Some may want light traction, but I was able to bareboot without too many issues.

The ridge, other than the scrub between Truman and Lafayette, was mostly bare and dry. Also quite busy today.

Greenleaf Trail was snow free and fairly dry above treeline, however there was still plenty of snow on the trees above the hut. Enough bareboot traffic that the monorail is doable.

Old Bridle Path had some snow below the hut, but it quickly became patchy before reaching the Agonies. By the time it wraps back to the notch side of the ridge, the trail was mostly bare. Some trailing arbutus and trillium in bloom.

The hut is now open on a caretaker basis.

If I were hiking this loop again this spring, I would only carry light traction (due to the volume of booters on this loop). My snowshoes went along for the ride on my pack today but were never even a consideration. Elsehwere in the Whites? That's another story.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Little Haystack Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Mt. Truman
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,770'
Destination: Little Haystack Mountain
Time Elapsed: 02:43
Trailhead Elevation: 1,785'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Vertical Gain: 3,195'
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Time Elapsed: 00:42
Trailhead Elevation: 4,780'
Summit Elevation: 5,089'
Vertical Gain: 469'
Destination: Mt. Truman
Time Elapsed: 00:19
Trailhead Elevation: 5,089'
Summit Elevation: 5,000'
Vertical Gain: 130'
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Time Elapsed: 00:23
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000'
Summit Elevation: 5,260'
Vertical Gain: 380'
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:30
Hike Distance: 9 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,354'


Old Bridle Path trailhead
Old Bridle Path trailhead

Looking at the Kinsmans and Cannon from near the summit of Little Haystack Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Kinsmans and Cannon from near the summit of Little Haystack Mountain

The Franconia Ridge Trail on the way to Mt. Lincoln
The Franconia Ridge Trail on the way to Mt. Lincoln

Looking at Garfield, the Twins, the Bonds, and Mt. Washington from Mt. Lincoln - Click to enlarge
Looking at Garfield, the Twins, the Bonds, and Mt. Washington from Mt. Lincoln

The Franconia Ridge Trail on the way to Mt. Truman
The Franconia Ridge Trail on the way to Mt. Truman

Looking south from Mt. Truman - Click to enlarge
Looking south from Mt. Truman

The Franconia Ridge Trail on the way to Mt. Lafayette
The Franconia Ridge Trail on the way to Mt. Lafayette

Looking at Bondcliff from Mt. Lafayette - Click to enlarge
Looking at Bondcliff from Mt. Lafayette

Topographic map of Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Interstate 93 north from Lincoln to the Lafayette Place exit.

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