Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2009-09-26
|Date:||Saturday, September 26, 2009|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||5240 ft / 1597 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was one of the best hikes I have done. The weather was absolutely perfect.
We started hiking about 7:15AM, took the Flume slide up Mt Flume
Only saw 2 groups as we passed them on the way up. The flume slide was tricky but very fun. Fortunately it was almost bone dry, so the only hazard was leaves that had fallen and collected in the foot holds making them rather slippery.
Joel on the way up
Kiersten on the way up
Approaching the summit
We reached the summit at about 10:15. We played around on the rocks for a bit, then headed to Liberty, reached the summit about 11AM, didn't remain but a few minutes, then headed off to Little Haystack.
Joel and I had fun climbing on the rocks. Kiersten didn't.
Up to this point, we hardly saw anyone except just a few people on the ridge, the weather was crystal clear, we could see for miles. As soon as we reached Little Haystack and the Lafayette Loop, there were suddenly hundreds of people. At the cross roads of the ridge trail and the falling waters trail, there was hardly a rock free to sit on, and from there we could see the entire ridge trail up to Lafayette and it was a non-stop stream of people.
The people are hard to see...
We basically queued from the top of Haystack all the way to the summit of Lafayette, not very fun. We stopped at some of the rock overhangs and climbed to the valley side so we couldn't see the trail or the hundreds of people and chilled out for a bit hanging our feet off the ledge, took some pictures, and had a snack before finally queuing the rest of the way to to top of Lafayette and met our other friends that had just come up the Old Bridle Path.
View of Cannon
Joel and I sitting on the cliff
The whole crew
The entire way down was more queuing. Got stuck for a while behind a group of French kids that kept yelling and singing same line of French and broken English for about a mile and a half (miserable).
We finally got to the bottom about 4:20, all pretty happy. Grabbed dinner at TGIFridays in Concord because everything else was full. All in all a great hike, but certainly a disappointing finish with all the crowds.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||352 ft / 107 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3285 ft / 1001 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4.3 mi / 7 km|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gain on way in:||352 ft / 107 m|
| Distance:||0.3 mi / 0.6 km|
| Route:||Franconia Ridge Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||4888 ft / 1489 m|
| Loss on way out:||3285 ft / 1001 m|
| Distance:||4 mi / 6.4 km|
| Route:||Old Bridle Path|
| End Trailhead:||Franconia Notch 1955 ft / 595 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Franconia Notch 9/09|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 5188 ft / 1581 m Total Trip Loss: 4533 ft / 1381 m
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