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

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The eroded Old Bridle Path on the way to Mt. Lafayette
The eroded Old Bridle Path on the way to Mt. Lafayette

Route: Old Bridle Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail

Old Bridle Path was mostly dry. Greenleaf Trail had some muck in the usual spots. The ridge was dry. Falling Waters had some muck and areas of water running down the trail.

Erosion on Old Bridle/Greenleaf/Falling Waters just keeps getting worse, even with all of the work that was done years ago. Good to see continued efforts to keep folks on the trail on the ridge (scree walls, signs, string).

Extremely busy around 5 PM...passed a hundred or so descending hikers within the first few minutes, and maybe a hundred more thereafter. But, amazingly, I had the entire ridge to myself, as well as Falling Waters. Very peaceful with decent weather conditions despite the haze.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, July 13, 2018
Parking Elevation: 1,770'
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Time Elapsed: 01:35
Trailhead Elevation: 1,785'
Summit Elevation: 5,260'
Distance: 4 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,650'
Destination: Mt. Truman
Time Elapsed: 00:11
Trailhead Elevation: 5,260'
Summit Elevation: 5,000'
Vertical Gain: 120'
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Time Elapsed: 00:08
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000'
Summit Elevation: 5,089'
Vertical Gain: 219'
Destination: Little Haystack Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:15
Trailhead Elevation: 5,089'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Vertical Gain: 150'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:42
Hike Distance: 9 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,354'


Old Bridle Path trailhead
Old Bridle Path trailhead

The Owl's Head as seen from Mt. Lafayette - Click to enlarge
The Owl's Head as seen from Mt. Lafayette

Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail to Mt. Truman
Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail to Mt. Truman

Mt. Lafayette as seen from Mt. Truman - Click to enlarge
Mt. Lafayette as seen from Mt. Truman

Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail to Mt. Lincoln
Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail to Mt. Lincoln

The Bonds as seen from Mt. Lincoln - Click to enlarge
The Bonds as seen from Mt. Lincoln

Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail to Little Haystack Mountain
Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail to Little Haystack Mountain

Mt. Lincoln as seen from Little Haystack Mountain - Click to enlarge
Mt. Lincoln as seen from Little Haystack Mountain

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

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