Mount Lafayette / Mount Lincoln, Bridle Path Loop

Littleton, New Hampshire

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Trailheads located within yards of an interstate highway seldom promise extraordinary mountain adventure. All the more special, then, is this classic loop hike that departs the Franconia Notch Parkway and intersects the most thrilling mile of Franconia Ridge, an elevated knife-edge walk that’s a hallmark of New Hampshire hiking. Much of this route is exposed to the elements, but the isolated segment that ventures out onto Franconia’s narrow crest carries you almost a mile from even minimal protection. For safety and enjoyment, be sure that your time on these marvelous heights corresponds with favorable weather. Special attractions: Exhilarating panoramas from mounts Lincoln and Lafayette, the knife-edge excitement of Franconia Ridge, and the calming waters of beautiful Cloudland Falls.
Hiking New Hampshire

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Hiking New Hampshire

by Larry Pletcher (Falcon Guides)

Trailheads located within yards of an interstate highway seldom promise extraordinary mountain adventure. All the more special, then, is this classic loop hike that departs the Franconia Notch Parkway and intersects the most thrilling mile of Franconia Ridge, an elevated knife-edge walk that’s a hallmark of New Hampshire hiking.

Much of this route is exposed to the elements, but the isolated segment that ventures out onto Franconia’s narrow crest carries you almost a mile from even minimal protection. For safety and enjoyment, be sure that your time on these marvelous heights corresponds with favorable weather. Special attractions: Exhilarating panoramas from mounts Lincoln and Lafayette, the knife-edge excitement of Franconia Ridge, and the calming waters of beautiful Cloudland Falls.

©  Larry Pletcher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Littleton
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Ammonoosuc Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS Franconia quad.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Lafayette / Mount Lincoln, Bridle Path Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

7/16/2013
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This was a great hike. Wyler and I decided to hike up Lafayette and cross Lincoln to Little Haystack and down Haystack. Glad we chose that path. First, it is less traveled. Most seem to climb up Little Haystack. Although it may be tougher and little longer to reach the summit the views up Lafayette are beautiful. Plus a little over half way there you can stop at the AMC hut and replenish water (although free for that bring a little cash with you for a tip). Getting there is little steep and on bald rocks. After making it across the Notch from Lafayette, Lincoln to Little Haystack we began to hike down. Very rocky and steep so watch footing. Eventually you come to waterfalls. Gorgeous and COLD. The rocks going down at some points do get wet and so Wyler had a few slips but learned his way around. I had a few slips. I would recommend carrying maybe water sandals if want to take a dip in the small pools near falls because slippery rocks. It was a great way to end the long hike with a little cool off. Would have missed that if we reversed direction.


6/9/2011
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Great day hike in the White Mountains of N.H. Stunning views of surrounding mountains/valley from ridge line.


6/17/2009
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Very challenging climb up bridle path, but great views from the ridge line, and beautiful descent past waterfalls


9/20/2008
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One of my favorite hikes. Prepare for all weather conditions and bring lots of water. Tough hike but on a clear day the beauty is breathtaking.


8/18/2008
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Started the day with the possibilty of doing the whole loop but wet, cloudy weather with some rain and two aging dads with their 9, 12 and 13 year old kids along made us change it to a out an back to the top of Lafayette and back via the Old Bridle Path and Greenleaf trails. Best part of the trip was the sun broke out near the summit (the Whites are famous for this) and the stop at the hut where we got to talk to the croo and look back in history to 1982 and my notes from a 9 day backpack a friend and I took from Lost River to Pinkham Notch. My kids added their own notes to the hut journal that they might one day be able to show their kids. As always, even in wet, cloudy days the Whites are wonderful hiking and my kids were in awe of how much different than they are to our mountains back home in Colorado. Hope to come back for my 55th birthday trip (well, not in February, but hopefully the same year) and do a hut to hut (last trip was tent camping except for the stay at Greenleaf due to horrible stormy weather) from Lost River to Crawford Notch.



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