Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Franconia, NH that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A fantastic strenuous ridge-hike with great views all around. This is a very popular full day hike for good reasons. On a clear day, you are unlikely to find better views in New England. Combine this with strenuous and nerve-wrecking hiking on the 'knife-edge' between Mount Little Haystack, Lincoln, and Lafayette and you have the recipe for a great day out. As a bonus you will ascend three peaks, including the highest mountain outside the Presidential Range - Mount Lafayette.
Did this when the fall colors where prime and the weather was perfect. It was difficult but my 8 and 9 year old dogs made it fine! The views were spectacular!
The beauty was beyond words.
Nice, but very exhausting hike! The view was not very good due to the foggy weather.
Very difficult. But the prize is the 360 degree views along the ledge. Well worth it.
Great hike, amazing views on a clear day which we had.
Tough but worth it!! Unbelievable panoramic views of the whites
Perfect day hike. Weather was perfect. A bit more people on the trail than I expected for an early Friday trip, but who could blame them v
What an incredible hike! The weather was perfect - 68° and sunny, and the foliage, while not quite peak, was spectacular. We did the hike counter-clockwise (up Falling Water, down the Old Bridle Path), which I'd recommend for three reasons:
1. It's great to approach the waterfalls from the bottom
2. It's nice to reach the three summits from lowest to highest, saving the best for last
3. You reach the Greenleaf Hut at mile 6, when you might need to refill your water or enjoy some great snacks to fuel your final push
I hiked with my two sons - ages 7 and 9. I was a little nervous - I wasn't sure if the hike would be too much. But they did just great, and REALLY enjoyed it. We were all absolutely exhausted by the end, but I could tell by the smiles on their faces that they were both incredibly proud of their accomplishment. They each carried their own water in 1.5L Camelbaks, and I carried mine, along with reserves. All-in-all, I probably drank 3-4L, and they drank about 2L each.
If you are hiking with young kids - consider bringing back-up shoes; one of my sons slipped into the water during one of the numerous water crossings on Falling Water, so I was really glad we had an extra pair.
We didn't use trekking poles, but most of the hikers we saw had them; seems like they'd be REALLY helpful.
The hike is VERY strenuous - I bike regularly, so I'm in reasonable shape. But this hike (with a 25-30lb pack full of 6L of water, food, warm clothes, back-up shoes, flashlights, first aid kit, binoculars, etc.) took everything I had. But my 7 and 9 year olds managed just fine, and loved it.
All in all - I had incredibly high expectations - many people have called this the best hike in the Whites, but my expectations were exceeded in every way. It's spectacular from start to finish.
One of my favorite trails in New England, I have done most of the 4000footes this loop was one of the best. The weather was perfect in this time of the year. I highly recommend this one! The Water Fall trail is gorgeous.
Wow! My first time doing this hike and it's amazing. Challenging, but worth every step. The weather wasn't perfect and a little early for peak foliage, but stunning just the same! And, the people I met on the trail were all very friendly. I was alone so the encouragement and tips were well appreciated.