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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

Greenleaf Trail was fairly dry up to Eagle Pass. Thereafter, consistent snow in the woods up to the hut (still open this weekend), but the footbed was barebootable.

This morning, from the hut to the summit was a mixture of a dusting to an inch of snow, black ice, and blue ice. Some were using spikes, but we opted to bareboot with care. I think a lot melted this afternoon in the sunlight.

From Lafayette to Little Haystack there was a lot of patchy ice and some snow, all of which was melting as the sun hit it. Some wore spikes, we booted with care. Staggering number of people trampling around off trail with no regard for the alpine growth. There's a parallel trail ascending the south slope of Lincoln now.

Some mud pits between Little Haystack and Liberty Spring, with the snow in the woods pretty much going by the latter junction. Some snow in the woods between Liberty and Flume, but not on the footbed. Fall hiking conditions from Flume to Lincoln Woods with some mud in places.

Foliage past peak at the base, but still decent. Pretty much everything above the valley has dropped.

Apart from lower Greenleaf, the trails were packed. Early winter conditions on the ridge with below freezing wind chills, but mild by the time we hit lower Osseo.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Mt. Truman
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
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: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Parking Elevation: 1,965'
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Time Elapsed: 02:45
Trailhead Elevation: 1,980'
Summit Elevation: 5,260'
Distance: 3.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,450'
Destination: Mt. Truman
Time Elapsed: 00:18
Trailhead Elevation: 5,260'
Summit Elevation: 5,000'
Vertical Gain: 120'
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Time Elapsed: 00:10
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000'
Summit Elevation: 5,089'
Vertical Gain: 219'
Destination: Little Haystack Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:27
Trailhead Elevation: 5,089'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Vertical Gain: 150'
Destination: Mt. Liberty
Time Elapsed: 01:00
Trailhead Elevation: 4,780'
Summit Elevation: 4,459'
Vertical Gain: 459'
Destination: Mt. Flume
Time Elapsed: 00:39
Trailhead Elevation: 4,459'
Summit Elevation: 4,328'
Vertical Gain: 438'
Hike Time Elapsed: 9:26
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,026'


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

Fog from the Mt. Lafayette summit - Click to enlarge
Fog 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

Fog on Mt. Truman - Click to enlarge
Fog on Mt. Truman

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

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

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

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 off Route 112.

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