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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 down the slide on the west side of Mt. Lincoln
Looking down the slide on the west side of Mt. Lincoln

Route: Old Bridle Path, bushwhack, (Mt. Lincoln), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Truman), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Lafayette), Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path

On a hot, busy weekend day, we opted to use the Franconia Ridge as a shield from the early morning sun.

At a point near the Walker Brook - Mt. Lincoln drainage convergence, we bushwhacked off the Old Bridle Path and into the bottom of the slide known as Lincoln's Throat.

We attempted this in extremely dry summer conditions, carrying aerial photography and maps to help determine possible routes. We also carried rope. The upper portion of the slide is technical and cannot be safely done without climbing gear. In addition, the technical portion is surrounded by other technical areas - there is no easy way to attempt to avoid the technical portion by simply bushwhacking alongside it. It is also deceiving - it can be easy to climb up a portion and then realize one cannot continue up, and that one cannot safely descend.

We were able to get into the box area near the top of the slide, which was quite neat. After spending some time looking at possible routes, we opted to back out of it and follow a tricky route of bushwhacking and scrambling around it.

After hours of solitude ascending the scenic slide, we topped out on the crowded Mt. Lincoln summit, then headed over to Truman for lunch, and down via the hut.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Mt. Truman
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, July 23, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,770'
Destination: Mt. Lincoln
Time Elapsed: 04:51
Trailhead Elevation: 1,785'
Summit Elevation: 5,089'
Vertical Gain: 3,454'
Destination: Mt. Truman
Time Elapsed: 00:11
Trailhead Elevation: 5,089'
Summit Elevation: 5,000'
Vertical Gain: 130'
Destination: Mt. Lafayette
Time Elapsed: 00:15
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000'
Summit Elevation: 5,260'
Vertical Gain: 380'
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,129'


Old Bridle Path trailhead
Old Bridle Path trailhead

Looking up Lincoln's Throat
Looking up Lincoln's Throat

Ascending Mt. Lincoln
Ascending Mt. Lincoln

The Twins and Bonds as seen from Mt. Lincoln - Click to enlarge
The Twins and Bonds as seen 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 Moosilauke, the Kinsmans, and Cannon from Mt. Truman - Click to enlarge
Looking at Moosilauke, the Kinsmans, and Cannon 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 Owl's Head from Mt. Lafayette - Click to enlarge
Looking at Owl's Head from Mt. Lafayette

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


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

Back to Mt. Lincoln Profile
Back to Mt. Truman Profile
Back to Mt. Lafayette Profile




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