Old Bridle Path: 2.9 miles
Greenleaf Trail: 1.1 miles
Franconia Ridge Trail: 1.7 miles
Falling Waters Trail: 3.0 miles
Total Miles: 8.9 (3,9000 elevation gain)
- On trail at 7:45am, finished at 1:15pm. Weather at trailhead was 20 degrees, stayed in the 20's for most of the hike with wind chills in the teens above treeline. Winds were out of the North at 30-40 MPH. Temps rose to mid 30's near the end of hike
- Excellent views to the north, east, and south. Views to the west had an undercast at about 3,000 to 3,500 feet creating a wave of clouds crashing into Cannon Mountain
- Used snow shoes until greenleaf hut, then switched to microspikes, then put crampons and ice axe for last half mile to summit. Kept crampons on until Little Haystack which was an overkill, they weren't needed at all
- My fingers got chilly from hut to summit until I switched over to my mitts which for the second strait day worked wonders!
- Views on ridge were ridiculously awesome, Pemi was snow frosted over above 3,500 feet. View of presidential range rising above the South and North Twin were crystal clear
- Passed three hikers on ridge doing the loop from the opposite direction, one of them (Rocket21) gave me a card for the website New England Trail Conditions (click link to view!) which has trail conditions and much more!
- Descended Falling Waters Trail very qucikly as snow covers all the rocks on the trail that slow you down in the summer
- Forgot one of my mom's old hiking poles at Lafayette summit, not to bummed about it as they always seem to get in the way!
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Undercast wave of clouds crashing into Cannon Mountain
View of Galehead, Twin Mountains, & Presidential Range
Owl's Head and the Bonds
West Bond, Bond, and Bondcliff
Presidential Range from Little Haystack Mountain
Mount Lincoln from Little Haystack