DATE: May 30, 2021 to May 30, 2021
Full Day Hike Franconia Ridge via Falling Waters and Old Bridal Path.

Meeting Time: 10:00 AM

Event Coordinator: nhclimber03264
Lincoln , NH

Max # People: 12

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Little Haystack, Lincoln, and Lafayette via Falling Waters: These three peaks comprise a beautiful stretch of the Franconia Ridge.

***Elevation (highest point) 5250ft – Mt Lafayette

**Distance to highest point 5.4 miles

*Total trip distance 8.1 miles.


This trip is considered MODERATE to STRENUOUS. Steep grade (up), distance, pace, exposure, and weather are all definite factors. A major portion of this trip is exposed above tree line, there is no shelter or alternate routes.


Group will meet at the Lafayette Campground at 10 am and depart by 10:20.


Trail Details and Distances:

            After crossing the highway, the ascent begins up the Falling Waters Trail. This steep, rough, and rocky trail will have several water crossings. Despite the challenging obstacles this path provides great waterfalls and views throughout the Franconia Notch. The trail will break tree line just before the summit of Little Haystack at 2.8 miles. Heading north following the Franconia Ridge will be fully exposed to weather. Passing over several rock ledge outcroppings the ridge trail reaches Mt Lincoln at 3.5 miles and moves on to Mt Lafayette at 4.3 miles. Spectacular views in all directions. Traveling down the Greenleaf Trail to the AMC Greenleaf Hut at 5.4 miles and then following the Old Bridal Path back to the parking area at 8.1 miles.  


PREPARATION/WHAT TO BRING: White Mountains can and do have unpredictable and extreme weather changes year-round. Do not be fooled by lower elevation weather. Weather in higher elevations can be very tricky and unstable. A major portion of this trip is exposed above tree line, there is no shelter or alternate routes.


It is recommended that hikers:

**Have extra dry clothing, sun, and wind protection.

**Always have water and food. AMC Greenleaf Hut may be in service and a

    “possible” water source.

**Bug repellent is recommended. Remember the one thing worse than annoying

    bugs, people complaining about annoying bugs.

**Helpful hint: Avoid perfumed scents in soaps, bodywash and shampoo. These

    will attract bugs.

**It is highly recommended to bring a BLISTER KIT (DIY kits online). DO NOT

    wear brand-new footwear, foot first aid most likely will be necessary.

**If you need suggestions on what to bring, PLEASE ASK!!


For this trip it is important to bring along flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor.


CovidThe AMC Greenleaf Hut may be in full service; it is a popular destination spot for hikers.

**Please bring a mask for the use when in close proximity to others.

**Respect people’s space

**There are a variety of mask styles to match the variety of covid opinions. Let’s be safe

    and respect others. We are not the only people on the trail.


Group Size: It is not fun leaving folks out of trips.

*PLEASE cancel so others may join. If you are on the waiting list, please contact me the

days prior to the trip, most likely there is room and if needed this trail will allow us to break the group into smaller groups.  

*Decreasing the impact to the environment is always a priority! Above tree line it is vital to stick to the paths and rocks. Do not stray.

*Please plan to “carry in and carry out” all items. It may also be possible to collect other hikers’ debris along the way.


Weather: The weather for this trip will be monitored the week prior. If it is a concern any updates or cancellation information will be posted by the Friday prior by 6pm. If it is a cancellation, it will include a rescheduled date so participants can watch for that opportunity.

For weather details;

***Mt Washington Observatory

***National Weather Service – NOAA



Safety is a priority! Any time a hiker is injured or lost a HUGE team of volunteers is dispatched to aid in the search and rescue efforts.

**No one wants to be injured or put other in harm’s way.

**Always be prepared. Know your limits.

**Any questions feel free to contact me.


After trip social: Social gathering is possible and welcome. There are several food and beverage options. Pizza and tail gate gathering could be arranged if folks wish to do so.


Resources used to plan this trip:

*AMC White Mountain Guide, 30th addition.


*Mount Washington Observatory

*US Forest Service

*NH Fish and Game

*NH State Parks



**Group will meet at the Lafayette Campground 10 am and depart by 10:20.

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

**Group will meet at the Lafayette Campground 10 am and depart by 10:20.


Where to meet: The Lafayette Campground can only be accessed by south bound traffic only on Interstate 93. There is no exit number, but the access drive is well marked. Traveling north on 93 to exit 34 will allow you to reverse direction.

In the parking lot look for a gray Toyota Tundra as a reference point


If you need a food, fuel or bathroom stop Exit 32 on 93 is the town of Lincoln with several resources.



**Because of trip preparation the trip leader is unable to provide a ride for this trip.