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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.
Looking up the Falling Waters Trail near treeline
Looking up the Falling Waters Trail near treeline

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

After an afternoon/evening hike up Mt. Whiteface and Mt. Passaconaway, I was having a hard to getting going. Originally intending to be on trail by 7 AM, a lack of energy delayed the start time by about an hour.

The Falling Waters Trail was generally nicely packed. The numerous water crossings were fairly well ice bridged, making for smooth sailing. Nearing treeline, a glance back revealed a spectacular sight - undercast!

As we worked our way across the ridge, the scenery was spectacular - a near-4,000 foot undercast throughout Vermont, Northern New Hampshire, and Southern New Hampshire. In addition, the ambient temperature was rather mild, and the winds generally tame (other than on Mt. Truman and Mt. Lafayette).

Despite the awesome weather and generally popular loop, we saw very few people on the trail. What a way to spend Christmas Eve day!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, December 24, 2009
Hike Commenced: 7:54 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,770'
Destination: Little Haystack Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 7:54 AM
Summit Reached: 10:13 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:19
Trailhead Elevation: 1,785'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Vertical Gain: 3,195'
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Ascent Commenced: 10:13 AM
Summit Reached: 10:36 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:23
Trailhead Elevation: 4,780'
Summit Elevation: 5,089'
Vertical Gain: 469'
Destination: Mt. Truman
Ascent Commenced: 10:56 AM
Summit Reached: 11:10 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:14
Trailhead Elevation: 5,089'
Summit Elevation: 5,000'
Vertical Gain: 130'
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Ascent Commenced: 11:12 AM
Summit Reached: 11:36 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:20
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000'
Summit Elevation: 5,260'
Vertical Gain: 380'
Hike Ended: 2:11 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:17
Hike Distance: 9 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,354'


Old Bridle Path trailhead
Old Bridle Path trailhead

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

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

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

The Greenleaf Trail below Mt. Lafayette
The Greenleaf Trail below 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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