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Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Owl's Head
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, bushwhack, (Owl's Head), Owl's Head Path, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, bushwhack, Black Pond Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail

After spotting a vehicle at Lincoln Woods, we headed up to the Old Man Viewing Point parking area off I-93, hoping to take a herd path up to the Greenleaf Trail. Seeing a line of 10 minute parking signs, we decided not to violate the signs by 710 or so minutes and instead continued to the Tramway exit and the proper Greenleaf Trail trailhead on the on ramp.

The skies started to clear as we climbed up the steeps to Eagle Pass. Upon passing through the pass and leaving the sound of the highway, we could see a nice undercast in the valleys to the north. Reaching the hut, we had a nice view of a northern and western undercast as we resupplied.

Donning cold weather gear, we headed up into the fog to Lafayette. Though the fog generally lingered, we did get some brief nice views to the north and east.

After stepping back out of the fog and briefly stopping at Mt. Truman (North Lincoln), we continued to Mt. Lincoln, where we took a visual on our next plans. Back on Mt. Truman, we descended through some scrub to the northern side of the eastern Lincoln Slide.

The descent down this part of the slide was fairly good going at first - steep, but not overly so, and somewhat gravelly, making for relative smooth sailing. The scenery from it was superb.

Once at the lower portion, we took a snack break whilst checking out the views of our next objective - Owl's Head.

After continuing down the brook bed for a bit, we climbed up to the northern embankment and out, to avoid some gnarly sections. The woods tended to be decent, though there were some blowdown patches. After awhile, we neared some remote ponds that we were eyeing. From the sides of these ponds, we had tremendous views of the Franconia Ridge and Garfield.

Shortly thereafter, we pushed through a birch glade onto the Lincoln Brook Trail. Descending a bit to a tributary brook crossing (likely from the slide), we dropped down, crossed the Lincoln Brook, and headed up the west side of Owl's Head.

While the woods looked like full hardwood glades from above, they were in fact mixed woods. Nonetheless, they were generally open and good going all the way up to the ridge. From there, we navigated a few blowdown patches and soon reached the 'new' summit.

After a break, we headed over to the old summit, partway down the Owl's Head Path, and into the 'Brutus Bushwhack' area down to the Lincoln Brook Trail.

After bushwhacking to Black Pond, donned our headlamps and headed out to Lincoln Woods.


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: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Mt. Truman
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Owl's Head
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, September 18, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:00 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,965'
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Ascent Commenced: 8:05 AM
Summit Reached: 10:55 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:50
Trailhead Elevation: 1,980'
Summit Elevation: 5,260'
Distance: 3.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,450'
Destination: Mt. Truman
Ascent Commenced: 11:10 AM
Summit Reached: 11:38 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:28
Trailhead Elevation: 5,260'
Summit Elevation: 5,000'
Vertical Gain: 120'
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Ascent Commenced: 11:38 AM
Summit Reached: 11:54 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000'
Summit Elevation: 5,089'
Vertical Gain: 219'
Destination: Mt. Truman
Ascent Commenced: 11:56 AM
Summit Reached: 12:10 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:14
Trailhead Elevation: 5,089'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Vertical Gain: 130'
Destination: Owl's Head
Ascent Commenced: 12:16 PM
Summit Reached: 3:55 PM
Time Elapsed: 03:39
Trailhead Elevation: 4,780'
Summit Elevation: 4,025'
Vertical Gain: 1,085'
Hike Ended: 8:19 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 12:19
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,319'


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

Looking down the Greenleaf Trail
Looking down the Greenleaf Trail

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

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

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

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

Looking at Mt. Garfield and the Twins from Mt. Lincoln - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Garfield and the Twins from Mt. Lincoln

Looking down the Lincoln slide
Looking down the Lincoln slide

Looking up the Lincoln slide
Looking up the Lincoln slide

Mt. Garfield as seen from a backcountry pond
Mt. Garfield as seen from a backcountry pond

Slight views of Mt. Carrigain from near the summit of Owl's Head - Click to enlarge
Slight views of Mt. Carrigain from near the summit of Owl's Head

Topographic map of Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Owl's Head - 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. The Lincoln Woods WMNF fee parking area is located east of Loon ski area on Route 112.

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