Mount Lafayette Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Named for the French soldier and Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, Mount Lafayette is the crown jewel of Franconia Ridge and the highest peak outside the Presidential Range. It is the sixth highest mountain in the White Mountains, but perhaps the most magnificent for hiking. There are several approaches to Lafayette.
The classic route crosses the dramatic ridgeline between Mounts Lincoln and Lafayette via the Falling Waters Trail and Old Bridle Path Trail. However, if Mount Lafayette is your goal and if you are willing to drop a car a mere five minutes from your starting point, the Greenleaf Trail (blue blazes) is an uncrowded, direct route to the summit, and the Skookumchuck Trail (blue blazes) is the most paw-friendly way down. The combination also offers the most varied combination of terrain and scenery, including cascading water and a long ridge-walk."