Franconia Ridge via Falling Waters and Old Bridal Path.
Full Day Hike DATE: 05/30/2021 - 05/30/2021
Trip/Event Location: Lincoln , NH
Trip Leader(s): nhclimber03264
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
**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.
LEADER REPORT (NO JOKE)
A day of challenges and adventures. A great group of hikers with various experience levels took on the challenge of weather and the Franconia Range. After battling the parking challenges, the group ascended via the Falling Waters Trail. This steep and rocky approach provides excellent access to many waterfalls cascading along the path. This portion remained dry of participation and limited wind. The group cleared tree line and bundled up for the windy and damp crossing to Mount Lincoln and eventually Mount Lafayette. Although we expected the weather to be worse it was a mild obstacle and learning experience for many. The decent down the Old Bridal Path was no surprise, the wind had diminished some and the rain/drizzle continued. AMC Greenleaf Hut is scheduled to open June 3rd but staff allowed hikers a respite from the weather to recover from the elements. After some fluid transfer, clothing changes and some very chocolate brownies the group continued down to the parking area. This trip was clearly a strenuous event and lessons were learned by everyone. Overall, this was an awesome trip with a diverse group of incredible hikers. Very much looking forward to more adventures on any trails with all participants. A huge appreciation to GO Member BOBCAT who opened his home in Sugar Hill to hikers for food, hot showers, and rest before the long journey back to civilization. A wonderful gift to tired travelers. From everyone, Thank you BOBCAT!
P.S. Know your gear, your experience level, energy level and limits. Always plan safe and stay safe.
PARTICIPENT REORT (unknown author)
As usual, another GO hike event being well-organized and fun with all participants being friendly.
The weather was grey, overcast w.drizzling rain showers overhead all day. The ridge was windy, wet and cold.....but it could have been worse!
J.T. was a great leader - getting us thru all the environmental challenges, as they presented themselves - both the external and the internal ones! Valued and admired his leadership and hiking abilties, skills and exprerience.
As the sun set, we closed our 9-hour hiking day.
Each of us could claim our Victory over Franconia!
Yes, a very Memorial memory.
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