Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2007-06-30

Climber: Paul Rago

Others in Party:Kelly
Date:Saturday, June 30, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lafayette
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5240 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Lafayette Campground, we took the Old Bridle Path to the AMC Greenleaf hut (4200ft). About 1.5 miles in, the forest gave way to some stunning look-outs of the notch and the three peaks. Upon reaching the hut, it was a nice surprise to find free, hearty whole-wheat pancakes. After a relatively fast climb to the hut, the food and break gave many of us a much-needed second wind. We then proceeded up Greenleaf Trail to the peak of Lafayette.

From the very windy and cool summit, we trekked across the Franconia ridge over Lincoln and Little Haystack. For about 2.5 miles, the ridge afforded spectacular, constant 360 degree views of the White Mountains. The Presidential Range was clearly visible to the northeast, with Mt. Washington summit protruding into the clouds. We enjoyed lunch at a nook somewhere around Lincoln, then had a fun time scrambling and climbing up some large, steep-walled rocks which supported us above a very steep drop down the west side of the ridge.

After arriving at Little Haystack, we proceeded down the Falling Waters Trail. Along the way, we made a detour to the enormous "Shining Rock", then ascended back to the Falling Waters trail to resume our descent. Some very cool waterfalls along the way.

Phenomenal trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4220 ft / 1285 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4220 ft / 1285 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.1 mi / 14.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4140 ft / 1261 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3840 ft / 1171 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lafayette Campground  1400 ft / 426 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3920 ft / 1194 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3840 ft / 1171 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Route:Franconia Ridge Trail over Lincoln, Little Haystac
    End Trailhead:Lafayette Campground  1400 ft / 426 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Franconia Ridge

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Lafayette2007-06-304220 ft / 1286 m
2Mount Lincoln2007-06-30 
3Little Haystack2007-06-30 
Total Trip Gain: 4220 ft / 1286 m    Total Trip Loss: 4220 ft / 1286 m

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