Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 1951-08-20

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, August 20, 1951
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Lafayette
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5240 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving up from Cambridge, I arrived about 7:30AM at the Greenleaf Tr TH near the entrance to the Cannon Mountain Tramway to begin my day hike along the scenic Franconia Ridge-- a very rewarding 5 miles from Mt. Lafayette to Mt. Flume. I headed up the Greenleaf Tr, taking a short break at the AMC Greenleaf Hut (2.5 miles; 4,220'), to Mt. Lafayette (3.6 miles; 10:15AM), NH’s 6th highest peak. Here I met the Franconia Ridge Tr, following it above treeline to Mt. Lincoln (4.6 miles), Little Haystack (5.3 miles), over the rocky summit of Mt. Liberty (7.4 miles), and Mt. Flume (8.5 miles). By now the weather, fair earlier in the day with good views despite high overcast, started to deteriorate as I cautiously descended the slippery, sometimes steep (low Class 3) Flume Slide Tr, reaching the TH (12.2 miles) near The Flume around 2:30PM. A brief, thunderous downpour hit near the bottom; luckily I was able to take cover. I don’t recommend descending the arduous Flume Slide Tr unless you have to. I hitched a ride back up the highway to my car at the Greenleaf Tr. TH. Most of the route today was Class 1 except for parts of the Flume Slide Tr, which has some high Class 2--low Class 3 sections.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3240 ft / 987 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3740 ft / 1139 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.5 mi / 20.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Good in morning; overcast with occasional heavy afternoon showers
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3240 ft / 987 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Greenleaf Tr
    Start Trailhead:Franconia Notch on NH 3  2000 ft / 609 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3740 ft / 1139 m
    Distance:8.9 mi / 14.3 km
    Route:Franconia Ridge Tr and Flume Slide Tr
    End Trailhead:near The Flume on NH 3  1500 ft / 457 m
    Time:6 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: 1951-Franconia Ridge

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Lafayette1951-08-20 a3240 ft / 988 m
2Mount Lincoln1951-08-20 b3089 ft / 942 m
3Little Haystack1951-08-20 c2760 ft / 841 m
4Mount Liberty1951-08-20 d2459 ft / 750 m
5Mount Flume1951-08-20 e2828 ft / 862 m
Total Trip Gain: 14376 ft / 4383 m    Total Trip Loss: 16376 ft / 4992 m

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