Vote Early and Hike Often . . . Mount Lafayette and Lincoln

Date of Hike: 11/8/16

Old Bridle Path: 2.9 miles  /  Greenleaf Trail: 1.1 miles  /  Franconia Ridge Trail: 1.7 miles  /  Falling Waters Trail: 3.2 miles
Total Miles: 8.9 (4,154 feel elevation gained) A.M.C White Mountain Guide Online

Trip Report:
Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 - Election Day!  Did you get out and vote?  I hope you did and then I hope you did something productive, as in doing the complete opposite of sitting down in front of the TV and watching cable news!
- Luckily for Whitney and I the weather in the White Mountains was summeresque, with temperatures above treeline in the low 50's and no wind!  There was some gnarly ice to deal with for a half mile descending Falling Waters Trail from the summit of Little Haystack where our microspikes came in handy, but outside of that it was a perfect day up on the Franconia Ridge :)

***For new hikers to the White Mountains, this is one of the most popular and beautiful loop hikes in the northeast.  The trails are easy to follow with decent footing for the most part, and other than a few short steep sections, the grades a relatively moderate.  However, this time of year the weather is usally unpredicatble, cold, and very windy above treeline.  Expect snow and ice along much of this route between November and early May.

Whitney makes her way up a steep section along Agony Ridge

Agony Ridge up to Franconia Ridge as seen from one of Old Bridle Path's outlooks

Greenleaf Hut and Mount Lafayette

Eagle Lake and Mount Lafayette

Some ice in the shady spots just before reaching treeline

Cannon Mountain and Echo Lake from the Greenleaf Trail

Beautiful day up above treeline!  Kinsman Ridge in view across the notch

The Mount Lafayette spring is closed until late April!

The sun was shining brightly above us all afternoon

This little hundred foot steep stretch can be intimidating and dicey in the middle of winter when a steep snow field forms but today it was easy going

Making our way to the summit

Pemigewasset Wilderness

Looking across the Pemi at Guyot and the Bonds

Classic Franconia Ridge picture

Pano of Franconia Ridge, the notch, and Kinsman Ridge

Looking north towards the Presidential Range

Dogs on Lafayette!

Pemi Wilderness

Heading to Lil' Haystack with Liberty and Flume off in the distance

Pano of Mount Lincoln and the north end of the notch

Cannon and the Kinsmans

Mount Lincoln

Icy descent down Falling Waters Trail

Shining Rock

Cloudland Falls

Stairs Falls

No comments:

Post a Comment