Ascent of Mount Lafayette on 2012-07-09

Climber: Shelley Cheng

Date:Monday, July 9, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lafayette
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5240 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Old Bridle Path was a fantastic trail: it wove in and out of the woods quickly, offering some fine views very early on. Some segments were a little steep, but nothing out of the ordinary by White Mountains standards. You could really tell Lafayette's altitude at the summit: the wind was relentless. The ridge walk from Lafayette to Lincoln and from Lincoln to Little Haystack was great, with quite a few piles of boulders stacked like toy blocks along the way for some childish scrambling fun. The Falling Waters Trail down had its steep and slippery sections, but the waterfalls along the way were lovely in the golden glow of a July afternoon.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Old Bridle Path
    Trailhead:Bridle Path Parking  
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Francocnia Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:Mount Lincoln  
Ascent Part of Trip: 2012 Franconia Loop (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Lafayette2012-07-09
2Mount Lincoln2012-07-09
3Little Haystack2012-07-09

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