Franconia Ridge via Falling Waters and Old Bridal Path.

Full Day Hike

DATE: May 30, 2021
END DATE: May 30, 2021

Hike/Event Location: Lincoln NH

Trip Leader(s)

Plymouth, NH United States

Meeting Time: 10:00 AM

Max # People: 12

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

Hike Difficulty Level:

Moderate to Strenuous

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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  www.mountwashington.org

***National Weather Service – NOAA www.weather.gov

***Weather www.weather.com


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 www.mountwashington.org

*US Forest Service www.usfs.gov

*NH Fish and Game www.wildlife.state.nh.us

*NH State Parks www.nhstateparks.org



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

Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot

**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.


Trip Leader


Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Plymouth, NH

United States
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Discuss This Trip/Event
nhclimber03264 Posted May 29, 2021 at 7:11 PM

Fanoftrees; Russell; rolshausenii: and beyoungyu PLEASE check your email for parking updates and contact me to confirm you have the details Tomorrow should be a good hike, looking forward to seeing folks! Plan safe, hike safe. Jon

nhclimber03264 Posted May 28, 2021 at 6:38 PM

This hike will go as scheduled, please plan accordingly for possible wintry conditions. We will need to be flexible and changing trails is possible, by coming back down Falling Waters. Be prepared to change route for the need of safety. Any questions or concerns please contact me. Additional updates tomorrow. It will be a great adventure.

nhclimber03264 Posted May 28, 2021 at 6:31 PM

Summit Forecast Summary . A second low will enter the northeast come Sunday,... a chance for snow or wintry mix showers come Sunday afternoon. Freezing rain conditions are possible during the latter portions of the day with temperatures steady in the mid to upper 30s. ........

nhclimber03264 Posted May 25, 2021 at 7:24 PM

Weather is looking good for our hike! Final Update on any details will be sent Friday!

Bobcat Posted May 23, 2021 at 10:22 AM

Parking will probably be full at the trailhead at 10AM. My house is 15 minutes from the trailhead. If you would like to park at my house & take one car over to the trailhead to be dropped off, let me know. (I would bike from the Tram to the Trailhead). Also, my house is available for an after hike beer/snacks/dinner get-together on the deck. Showers available & extra bedrooms available if anyone wants to stay over Sat or Sun night. Bob 277 Carpenter Rd Sugar Hill NH Cellphone: 603-728-9376

nhclimber03264 Posted May 23, 2021 at 9:32 AM

Moderate to Strenuous does not = FAST PACE. However we will maintain a steady, consistent pace. If you have NOT been hiking this season or physically active I would ask you to really think! The ascent is steep to Franconia Ridge. There have been many rescues recently in the NH woods, be aware of your abilities and do not become another rescue. The objective is to have a fun woods adventure in a safe manner. If you have any questions or doubts PLEASE contact me directly.

nhclimber03264 Posted May 23, 2021 at 9:24 AM

Weekend is looking good. BUT can change! PLEASE monitor your email (including SPAM) for possible updates. Parking may be an issue because of holiday traffic. NH has seen a HUGE increase in hiker/camper traffic this season. Be sure to monitor this site and your emails for updates.

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