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 lies in the town of Franconia in Grafton County, and appears on the New England Fifty Finest list of the most topographically prominent peaks in New England. The mountain's upper reaches are located in the alpine zone, an area where only dwarf vegetation exists due to the harsh climate.
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  • Hiked up from Franconia Notch on the Falling Waters Trail to Little Haystack. Views were amazing! Then we headed across the ridge to Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Lafayette on a very warm September day. It was ...  more »
  • 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 »
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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.
  • Not a great experience. First thing we noticed is cars parked everywhere. "Odd", I thought- until I learned you can't drive up it! No motorized vehicle access, period. We didn't let that deter us, but it was soon followed by another nasty shock- there's no chairlift, no escalator, not even stairs! Other guests were becoming rather rude at this point, especially when we asked how to get to the top. Skipping over their colorful narrative, the answer was to hike it. Well, what the heck, let's hike it, we decided. Then we learned this little gem: there's no sherpas! Not a one to be found! Of course, the other guests (hikers, we figured out) were even more rude when we asked if they'd carry our stuff. Note to self, hikers are mean. At this point we had no choice but to give up. We certainly weren't carrying a BBQ grill with all the fixin's up there, let alone the keg. So we did a big old burnout and headed back south. To heck with this place. I'm not even gonna tell you about the kid selling mushrooms out of a VW in the parking lot.
  • Hiked the falling waters loop trail over Haystack Mountain, Lincoln and Lafayette its is so beautiful.
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