Mount Lafayette, Franconia

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Mount Lafayette is a 5249ft mountain at the northern end of the Franconia Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, United States. It is located in the town of Franconia in Grafton County. It is on the New England Fifty Finest list of the most topographically prominent peaks in New England. The upper portion of the mountain is located in the alpine zone, an area where only small vegetation exists due to the harsh climate.The mountainA variety of trails lead up over 3,000 vertical feet to its exposed summit. The Greenleaf Trail begins at the parking lot for the Cannon Mountain tramway and ascends to the Appalachian Mountain Club's Greenleaf Hut, then continues to the summit. The Bridle Path trail follows a western spur ridge of Lafayette from Lafayette Place Campground on Interstate 93 past Greenleaf Hut and joins the Greenleaf Trail, reaching the summit 1.1mi after the hut. The peak is at the junction of the Garfield Ridge Trail, which follows the ridge northeast to Mount Garfield, and the Franconia Ridge Trail, which leads south to Mounts Lincoln, Liberty, and Flume. Both the Garfield Ridge Trail and the Franconia Ridge Trail form part of the Appalachian Trail.
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  • Aside from the monstrous traffic... we got almost to the tail leu - leu. Beautiful view of the Ridge, well maintained trail. The effort is worth the reward. Great hike in 5 hours including break dinner and snack at the mountain inn. Problem parking so we get a day of weekend
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  • The best hikes in the White Mountains are those that go above the treeline. I came up from Galehead Hut, but you could make a long day hike out of it. From the direction I came, there were about eight...  more »
  • We do the loop with a start on the path of Falling waters, Mt. LITTLE HAYSTACK (1 463 meters), then we took the FRANCONIA RIDGE / 5.1 KM, then direction of Mount LAFAYETTE (1 603 METRES) and descent via OLD BRIDDLE PATH / 4.4 KM. The result is about 14.3 km. Attention however to the descent, it's really very long, be patient! When we get away from Mount Lafayette, it takes about an hour to get to the shelter and it will take another 3 hours from the refuge until the return to the parking lot.
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