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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  • An amazing hike. I've hiked this mountain half a dozen times. These so so much to take in. Absolutely stunning scenery. Especially on a clear day. The summit is always cool and breezy. You definitely need to air to the side of caution in a few spots. Don't stray from the trail. Some places you'd easily fall to your death. There's a hut around the 4000' mark. You can resupply if need be. Or you can stay the night. Definitely a five star rating!!
  • What a fantastic hike! We went on a clear day and the view was so rewarding! We ascended on the southern part of the trail (Went counter-clockwise) and I recommend that. We had no previous experience hiking difficult trails but we decided to give it a try anyway as we're reasonably fit. It was a challenge -- I believe we were climbing uphill for 2 hours? -- but we made it alright with a few breaks. The downhill was rather tough since our legs were so tired but we were careful. We brought some light snacks and lots of water and made out fine. Parking was on the highway which we were surprised of but if you get there early enough you shouldn't have to walk far! Be sure to wear sunscreen!
  • Never climbed a mountain before doing the full loop hike of Lafayette, Lincoln, and Little Haystack Mountains. It was tough but absolutely rewarding! Would recommend descending the Green Leaf Trail portion rather than ascending it! Green Leaf Hut was relieving with a bathroom and water fill station on the way down! I'm still sore but I loved it! Amazing views. I would 100% recommend using hiking poles for this hike, especially if the trail or ridge will be wet. You can pick up a decent pair at the Lafayette Place Campground store (1 min walk from trailhead) for $35.
  • Absolutely amazing. Great hike that really gets the blood pumping and the legs burning. The view from the ridge is absolutely breathtaking, I've never seen anything quite as amazing as that. Highly recommend for anyone who likes to hike
  • awesome trek but , be ready ! Its quite a difficult one. and theres a lot of people so better hike early. Lots of camping around like Hancook or Big Rock ... only 22$ per night...Dog friendly hike. You can go also to a dog friendly microbrewery after called one love , awesome place.

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