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Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln
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 at Eagle Pass
Looking up the Greenleaf Trail at Eagle Pass

Route: Greenleaf Trail, (Mt. Lafayette), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Truman), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Lincoln), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Truman), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Lafayette), Greenleaf Trail

After a cloudy day, I decided to take a half day and head up to Franconia Notch. Since I had previously hiked the traditional OBP-FW loop in both directions, I decided to check out the Greenleaf Trail.

After parking at the Cannon Mountain Tramway parking area, I walked under the highway and to the trailhead. The first portion of the trail was a noisy, fairly level highway parallel. After the previous exit's parking area was visible through the trees, the trail soon started to climb via some traverses. As it climbed, the views through the trees were quite nice of the surrounding area.

Eagle Pass was really neat, as the trail walks literally at the foot of Eagle Cliff. Soon thereafter, the trail wraps around the back of the ridge and the noise of the highway disappears.

From there, the trail was a bit of a due slog, though there were some nice views across to the next ridge through the trees. After awhile, the trail passed through a mossy area and soon became flat as it reached the hut.

Not long after this, my energy dropped (perhaps because I was more than ready to eat some lunch). Once I made it to the summit, I took a break to enjoy the views and a sandwich.

My next stop was Mt. Lincoln, via Mt. Truman. Though a bit busy, it was a nice ridge walk.

On Mt. Lincoln I had another snack and took in the scenery. Though there was a decent cloud layer nearby, the blue skies in the immediate area made for great views.

Since I was parked at the Tramway area, I retraced my steps. By the time I reached the parking area, clouds had overtaken the sky far above. Not bad timing!


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: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Hike Commenced: 12:35 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,965'
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Ascent Commenced: 12:37 PM
Summit Reached: 3:01 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:24
Trailhead Elevation: 1,980'
Summit Elevation: 5,260'
Distance: 3.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,450'
Destination: Mt. Truman
Ascent Commenced: 3:10 PM
Summit Reached: 3:30 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:20
Trailhead Elevation: 5,260'
Summit Elevation: 5,000'
Vertical Gain: 120'
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Ascent Commenced: 3:31 PM
Summit Reached: 3:46 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:15
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000'
Summit Elevation: 5,089'
Vertical Gain: 219'
Hike Ended: 5:49 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:14
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,484'


The Greenleaf Trail trailhead on the I-93 onramp
The Greenleaf Trail trailhead on the I-93 onramp

Looking Mt. Garfield from the Mt. Lafayette summit - Click to enlarge
Looking Mt. Garfield from the Mt. Lafayette summit

The Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail between Mt. Lafayette and Mt. Truman
The Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail between Mt. Lafayette and Mt. Truman

Looking at Owl's Head from the Mt. Truman summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Owl's Head from the Mt. Truman summit

Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail between Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Truman
Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail between Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Truman

Looking at Mt. Lafayette from Mt. Lincoln - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Lafayette from Mt. Lincoln

Topographic map of Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln - 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.

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