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

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Greenleaf Trail on the way to Mt. Lafayette
Looking up the Greenleaf Trail on the way to Mt. Lafayette

Route: Greenleaf Trail, (Mt. Lafayette), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Truman), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Lincoln), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Little Haystack Mountain), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Liberty), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Flume), Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail

Despite the expected weekend crowds, the weather forecast was tempting enough for a visit to the Franconias. To start the hike, I headed up the Greenleaf Trail, dragging at first. Reaching Eagle Pass, I started to book it a bit and was soon at the Greenleaf Hut. After topping off my water and having a snack, we headed up to Mt. Lafayette.

The views from the summit were quite good as some remaining morning fog had burned off. While the summit wasn't too crowded, a line of people was soon visible from Little Haystack.

After a brief stop at Mt. Truman, we reached Mt. Lincoln for some additional great views. Perhaps the largest crowds of the day were seen at Little Haystack, the end of the Falling Waters Trail.

Things were a bit quieter between Little Haystack and Mt. Liberty. My first time on that section of the Franconia Ridge Trail outside of winter, I found the footing to be generally pretty good - and one of the short scrambles fun. Mt. Liberty was once again a bit crowded - latter day clouds had obscured views a bit, however it was still a good 100-mile-view day.

The final peak of the day was Mt. Flume. Not quite as crowded as the other summits, there were still plenty of folks hanging around. After another short break, we headed down the Osseo Trail (nice footing at the end of the day), soon reaching the crowded Lincoln Woods Trail at the end of the day.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, August 8, 2009
Hike Commenced: 8:41 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,965'
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Ascent Commenced: 8:45 AM
Summit Reached: 10:51 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:06
Trailhead Elevation: 1,980'
Summit Elevation: 5,260'
Distance: 3.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,450'
Destination: Mt. Truman
Ascent Commenced: 11:18 AM
Summit Reached: 11:41 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:23
Trailhead Elevation: 5,260'
Summit Elevation: 5,000'
Vertical Gain: 120'
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Ascent Commenced: 11:45 AM
Summit Reached: 11:59 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:14
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000'
Summit Elevation: 5,089'
Vertical Gain: 219'
Destination: Little Haystack Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 12:10 PM
Summit Reached: 12:30 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:20
Trailhead Elevation: 5,089'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Vertical Gain: 150'
Destination: Mt. Liberty
Ascent Commenced: 12:45 PM
Summit Reached: 2:00 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:15
Trailhead Elevation: 4,780'
Summit Elevation: 4,459'
Vertical Gain: 459'
Destination: Mt. Flume
Ascent Commenced: 2:16 PM
Summit Reached: 3:00 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:44
Trailhead Elevation: 4,459'
Summit Elevation: 4,328'
Vertical Gain: 438'
Hike Ended: 6:32 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 9:51
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,026'


The Greenleaf Trail trailhead near I-93
The Greenleaf Trail trailhead near I-93

Flowers near the Greenleaf Trail trailhead
Flowers near the Greenleaf Trail trailhead

Looking at the Presidentials from the Mt. Lafayette summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Presidentials from the Mt. Lafayette summit

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

Looking at the Kinsman Ridge from Mt. Truman - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Kinsman Ridge from Mt. Truman

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

Wildflowers near Mt. Lincoln
Wildflowers near Mt. Lincoln

Looking over Owl's Head toward Mt. Carrigain from Mt. Lincoln - Click to enlarge
Looking over Owl's Head toward Mt. Carrigain from Mt. Lincoln

The Franconia Ridge Trail between Mt. Lincoln and Little Haystack
The Franconia Ridge Trail between Mt. Lincoln and Little Haystack

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

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

Looking at Mt. Carrigain from Mt. Liberty - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Carrigain from Mt. Liberty

The Franconia Ridge Trail between Mt. Liberty and Mt. Flume
The Franconia Ridge Trail between Mt. Liberty and Mt. Flume

Looking up the Franconia Ridge from Mt. Flume - Click to enlarge
Looking up the Franconia Ridge from Mt. Flume

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


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. The Lincoln Woods WMNF fee parking area is located east of Loon ski area on Route 112.

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