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

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

Though a bit windy, it seemed like a decent day for the Franconia Ridge.

We had a leisurely ascent to the hut, climbing from spring snow to packed powder. Reaching the hut, the corniced ridge was pretty impressive looking.

Hearing some stiffer than predicted winds, we opted to go fairly nonstop for the first portion of above treeline travel. Climbing to Lafayette resulted in walking directly into the sustained winds, slowing progress. From the summit of Lafayette, we had impressive views in all directions, including snow-covered peaks in the Green Mountains.

After a break from the winds in the col, we had some strong gusts as we walked over Mt. Truman. The winds were not quite as strong on Mt. Lincoln, so we opted to have some food and enjoy the views there.

Continuing to Little Haystack, we hit some strong wind gusts once again. Dropping into the trees, things were calm and spring-like.

For the descent, we broke out the short spur trail to Shining Rock, which was quite impressively covered in blue ice. Back on the Falling Waters Trail, the frozen waterfalls were also quite impressive.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, March 6, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:03 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,770'
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Ascent Commenced: 8:04 AM
Summit Reached: 11:07 AM
Time Elapsed: 03:03
Trailhead Elevation: 1,785'
Summit Elevation: 5,260'
Distance: 4 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,650'
Destination: Mt. Truman
Ascent Commenced: 11:09 AM
Summit Reached: 11:25 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 5,260'
Summit Elevation: 5,000'
Vertical Gain: 120'
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Ascent Commenced: 11:26 AM
Summit Reached: 11:42 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000'
Summit Elevation: 5,089'
Vertical Gain: 219'
Destination: Little Haystack Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 11:53 AM
Summit Reached: 12:18 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:25
Trailhead Elevation: 5,089'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Vertical Gain: 150'
Hike Ended: 1:42 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:39
Hike Distance: 9 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,424'


Old Bridle Path trailhead
Old Bridle Path trailhead

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

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

Looking at the Bonds from Mt. Truman - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Bonds from Mt. Truman

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

Looking south at Cannon Mountain from Mt. Lincoln - Click to enlarge
Looking south at Cannon Mountain from Mt. Lincoln

Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail over the Gargoyles to Little Haystack Mountain
Appalachian/Franconia Ridge Trail over the Gargoyles to Little Haystack Mountain

Looking at Mt. Lincoln from Little Haystack Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Lincoln from Little Haystack Mountain

Shining Rock in winter
Shining Rock in winter

Topographic map of Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain - Click to enlarge


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

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