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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 icy Greenleaf Trail on the way to Mt. Lafayette
Looking up the icy Greenleaf Trail on the way to Mt. Lafayette

Route: Old Bridle Path, 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

Though the forecast was mediocre, it was still conducive to above treeline hiking.

After spotting a vehicle at Lincoln Woods, we headed to Lafayette Place and ascended the Old Bridle Path. With warm temperatures (upper 30s to low 40s), the trail was a bit soft. Once out of the trees on the Greenleaf Trail, all that remained was patchy snow, slush, and lots of blue ice. Carefully picking our way up to the summit, we had no views due to fog. Thusly, we continued across the ridge pretty much nonstop, carefully negociating more-than-expected ice, considering the weather.

After a lunch break on the Gargoyles, we continued to Little Haystack, from where we had our first views of the day on the ridge.

Once in the woods, we had light trail breaking to the Liberty Springs junction. Eventually reaching Mt. Liberty, we had cloudy, but good views in all directions.

The final peak of the day was Mt. Flume, from where we once again had decent views. Continuing on snowshoes down the Osseo Trail, we slowly made our way down the exposed stairs, only to discover there was very little snow at the bottom of them. Thusly, we barebooted on patch to minimal snow depth all the way out to Lincoln Woods.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Truman
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Little Haystack Mountain
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Liberty
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Flume
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, January 1, 2011
Hike Commenced: 7:31 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,965'
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Ascent Commenced: 7:32 AM
Summit Reached: 10:40 AM
Time Elapsed: 03:08
Trailhead Elevation: 1,980'
Summit Elevation: 5,260'
Distance: 4 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,650'
Destination: Mt. Truman
Ascent Commenced: 10:43 AM
Summit Reached: 11:03 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:20
Trailhead Elevation: 5,260'
Summit Elevation: 5,000'
Vertical Gain: 120'
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Ascent Commenced: 11:03 AM
Summit Reached: 11:24 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000'
Summit Elevation: 5,089'
Vertical Gain: 219'
Destination: Little Haystack Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 11:25 AM
Summit Reached: 12:01 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:36
Trailhead Elevation: 5,089'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Vertical Gain: 150'
Destination: Mt. Liberty
Ascent Commenced: 12:02 PM
Summit Reached: 1:23 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:21
Trailhead Elevation: 4,780'
Summit Elevation: 4,459'
Vertical Gain: 459'
Destination: Mt. Flume
Ascent Commenced: 1:30 PM
Summit Reached: 2:12 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:42
Trailhead Elevation: 4,459'
Summit Elevation: 4,328'
Vertical Gain: 438'
Hike Ended: 4:47 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 9:16
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,226'


The Old Bridle Path trailhead near I-93
The Old Bridle Path trailhead near I-93

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

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

Looking at fog from Mt. Truman - Click to enlarge
Looking at fog from Mt. Truman

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

Fog as seen from Mt. Lincoln - Click to enlarge
Fog as seen from Mt. Lincoln

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

The Kinsmans and Cannon as seen from near the summit of Little Haystack Mountain - Click to enlarge
The Kinsmans and Cannon as seen 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 Garfield, the Bonds, and Owl's Head from Mt. Liberty - Click to enlarge
Looking at Garfield, the Bonds, and Owl's Head from Mt. Liberty

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

Looking at Mt. Moosilauke from Mt. Flume - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Moosilauke 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 Interstate 93 north from Lincoln to the Lafayette Place exit. The Lincoln Woods WMNF fee parking area is located east of Loon ski area on Route 112.

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