Mount Lafayette / Mount Lincoln, Bridle Path Loop

Littleton, New Hampshire 3561

Mount Lafayette / Mount Lincoln, Bridle Path Loop

Mount Lafayette / Mount Lincoln, Bridle Path Loop Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Mount Lafayette / Mount Lincoln, Bridle Path Loop Reviews

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7/13/2018
I've hiked this mountain quite a few times and it is one of my favorite New Hampshire trails. It is certainly a serious challenge and makes me deliriously exhausted. Such a rush. There is absolutely amazing scenery -- some of the best views I have ever seen -- especially on a clear day. The summit is always cool and pretty windy.
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7/16/2013
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.
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6/9/2011
Great day hike in the White Mountains of N.H. Stunning views of surrounding mountains/valley from ridge line.
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6/17/2009
Very challenging climb up bridle path, but great views from the ridge line, and beautiful descent past waterfalls
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9/20/2008
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.
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8/18/2008
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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7/6/2008
Fantastic hike, although a tough one! Highly recomended if you're looking for a challenging start to the day rewarded by view after view and a cool water fall ending.
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8/4/2007
Saturday. Sunny and humid. Up Falling Waters and down Bridle Path. Welcome breeze on top. Even enjoyed the conga line of humanity that frequently passed me. Would like to ascend Bridle Path to Greenleaf to Mount Layfayette and stay at the Greenleaf Hut. Very enjoyable.
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8/12/2006
Magnificient long lasting view on tops. Though, very windy with an important chill factor for a summer day.
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7/15/2006
Great hike. Used Old Bridle path to Greenleaf hut, good workout with some great views. Took Greenleaf trail to summit of Mt. Layfayette. Beautiful views, loaded with horse flys, be sure to use your bug spray!! Windy side of summit was perfect spot for lunch and a bit of a break. Continued on Franconia Ridge trail, best views of whites I've seen to date. Decended via Falling waters....this trail is better going down than up..too many people ascending! Bridle path is much less crowded, though the waterfalls on Falling waters are really refreshing to dip you feet into after a long day of hiking. Would defintely recommend this loop, with breaks and stops for pics, took around 7 hours.
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Trail Information

Littleton
Nearby City
8
Distance
3,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Ammonoosuc Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USGS Franconia quad.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018