Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2010-06-26

Climber: Thomas Carlile

Date:Saturday, June 26, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lafayette
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5240 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

My girlfriend and I decided to hike the Franconia Ridge Trail using the Old Bridle Path to Falling Water loop. This was our first hike of the season. We stayed at Waterest Campground the night before, had breakfast in Lincoln, and reached the trailhead at 8:30 AM. Despite it being sunny when we were at breakfast, clouds rolled in once we'd been hiking for an hour or so.

We took the Old Bridle Path up to Greenleaf Hut, where we refilled our water and took a brief break. It was very foggy above treeline. Once we reached the summit the wind really picked up, and it was chilly. We quickly made our way across the ridge because of the threat of worse weather. It started drizzling near Little Haystack, but abated soon after we started our descent. We stopped for lunch at the intersection with Shining Rock Trail.

The trail down was rocky and slick, but the weather held up until about 1.5 miles from the end, when it started raining lightly. Overall it took us 6.25 hours, and was a nice hike despite the less than ideal weather. We did the ridge again with friends a few weeks later.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3460 ft / 1054 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3460 ft / 1054 m
    Start Trailhead:1780 ft / 542 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Franconia Ridge 2010 #1 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Lafayette2010-06-263460 ft / 1055 m
2Mount Lincoln2010-06-26440 ft / 134 m
2Mount Truman2010-06-26 
3Little Haystack2010-06-26 
Total Trip Gain: 3900 ft / 1189 m

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