Franconia Ridge Hike – June 2009

June 28, 2009 at 7:03 PM | Posted in Hikes | Leave a comment

Madeleine and I hiked the Franconia Ridge from Mt. Lafayette to Little Haystack in late June, 2009. Our route to the top was via the Old Bridle Path trail. We stopped for a quick lunch.

Lunchtime on the Old Bridle Path

Lunchtime on the Old Bridle Path

We reached the Greenleaf Hut after an amazing hike up the ridge to 4200′. There are no pictures because we were hiking in fog.

Madeleine at Greenleaf Hut

Madeleine at Greenleaf Hut

Now, the AMC huts aren’t exactly what you might expect when you hear “hut.” Besides being dry (we were in the cloud at the time), there is very good food, light, and running water.

Madeleine reading in the Greenleaf Hut.

Madeleine reading in the Greenleaf Hut.

The next morning, we headed for the summit of Mt. Lafayette. Conditions were poor. Visibility was 200 ft and winds were gusting to 60 mph.

Madeleine is at the summit of Mt. Lafayette.

Madeline is at the summit of Mt. Lafayette.

Leonard at the summit of Mt. Lafayette.

Leonard at the summit of Mt. Lafayette.

From the summit, we headed south along the Franconia Ridge. The view was limited.

View from the Franconia Ridge to the west.

View from the Franconia Ridge to the west.

We reached the southern end of our trip along the ridge at Little Haystack.

Madeleine at Little Haystack

Madeleine at Little Haystack

From there, we headed down the Falling Waters trail to complete our loop.

You can watch the video:

The Google Earth view is available at: Google Earth Bulletin Board

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