Franconia Ridge

Hiked the Franconia Ridge on 8/29/2015 which included Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty and Flume. These were peaks 570, 571 572 and 573 for “The Grid over 60”. Mike Lynch joined me for part of the hike. It was a perfect day for hiking, moderate temperatures, low humidity, clear skies and low winds. Unfortunately it was a saturday and there were hundreds of people out hiking. We got there early and got a parking place in the parking lot. We climbed steadily to the start of “The Agonies”  where we took a break to admire the view.

The Agonies from the first viewpoint
The Agonies from the first viewpoint

After climbing over the Agonies we reached the AMCs Greenleaf hut where we took a break and filled our water bottles.

Greenleaf Hut
Greenleaf Hut

We climbed up to the summit of Lafayette, there were great views on the way to the summit and also at the summit.

Looking into Vermont with low clouds in the vallies
Looking into Vermont with low clouds in the vallies
Washington from Lafayette
Washington from Lafayette

There are the remains of an old structure on the summit, only the foundation remains.

Old foundation with Kinsmans and Moosilauke in the distance
Old foundation with Kinsmans and Moosilauke in the distance

After leaving the summit of Lafayette the hike is all downhill except for a few ups to gain the rest of the summits. Great views all along the ridge to Little Haystack.

Lafayette from North Lincoln
Lafayette from North Lincoln
Lincoln from North Lincoln
Lincoln from North Lincoln
Cannon from North Lincoln
Cannon from North Lincoln

The trail started to get more crowded as we approached the summit of Lincoln.

Little Haystack, Liberty and Flume from Lincoln
Little Haystack, Liberty and Flume from Lincoln

We had our PBJs on Little Haystack and then Mike went down the Falling Waters trail while I continued along the ridge. There were a lot of people on Little Haystack eating lunch before continuing there trek.

People enjoying the views
People enjoying the views
The crowd on Little Haystack
The crowd on Little Haystack

I continued along the ridge to Liberty and Flume eating cookies along the way.

Lincoln and Lafayette from Flume
Lincoln and Lafayette from Flume
The Bonds from Flume
The Bonds from Flume

I took the Osseo trail from the summit of Flume down to the Lincoln Woods trail and out to the parking lot.

Bond Cliff from the Osseo trail
Bond Cliff from the Osseo trail

Only 3 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”. Next one will be Washington in October.

 

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