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Amazing. But I’m not in shape and felt like death after. Intense. Really intense.

I just looked this up because my teenage son is looking for a hike with friends and asked, "What is that family hike we have done like 100 times?" Forgot how to spell Lafayette. :)

Don't let "nerve wrecking" and "knife edge" scare you. This is nothing like a true knife edge. This is just hiking.

But it is mighty fine hiking. My favorite White Mountain hike. But go up Falling Waters as it is pretty steep for hiking down, especially if wet, and it is often wet. Go down Old Bridle Path.

Have fun!

Between the waterfalls and the ridge it was an easy to rate this 5 star...awesome. Be prepared for winter conditions during the spring months. Check out my write up along with some other things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/lafayette

Great hike! Took my 5 month old Vizsla and made it all the way to Mt. Marcy and back with no problems. The receptionist at the camping office was super rude but other than that it was a great weekend.

We know this trail but didn’t actually hike it. We came in via the ASCR trailhead so we could hit Esther Mt. on the way out. A high peak “double dip”.Pretty good route. Lots of grade.Beautiful scenery!About 8 miles or so.Good workout!

Challenging and quite epic along the Franconia Ridge.

Great Workout. Not an easy hike by any means, but the payoff with the views all along the ridgeline are amazing, and make it all worth it.

hiking
6 days ago

nice hike before heading home

A quintessential northeast hike. Amazing views. One of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done.

Crap was hard. Almost died.

AMAZING views with clear skies! I went up Falling Waters trail which was very steep at times. You will be walking up boulders about 90% of the way almost immediately. I would suggest descending from this trail if you do not consider yourself “in shape” or an experienced hiker. I hadn’t done more than a six mile hike in two years and this trail kick my butt!! Brindle path and Greenleaf trail offered spectacular views most of the way down. Brindle path seemed a bit more level as well for a good mile towards the beginning of the trail. All together this trail took me 10 hours to complete with PLENTY of rest time in between. If you have time, stop at the hut on Greenleaf trail! They offer free water, restrooms, large tables to sit at, and board games galore!

This was a really awesome, rewarding hike. Three of us did it together and we are all upperclassmen in high school. We completed the hike in about 5 1/2 hours with multiple breaks going up falling water and down old bridle. Highly recommended!

hiking
9 days ago

This was our first hike in Vermont and we thought this trail was fabulous! It is short but challenging. Wear good shoes because there is lots of rocks and scrambling. We ditched our packs after the first mile at the backcountry campground and I’m sure glad we did! The second two miles were straight uphill and I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much with 50lbs on my back. We made it to the summit later in the evening, so we ended up being the only ones up there. The views are amazing! Definitely recommend this hike!

awesome.
up falling waters , down bridle. good lemonade at the hut

I love this trail. Make sure you check the weather at the top before going for it and be prepared to need a hat at the top because of the winds. Absolutely amazing views!

backpacking
10 days ago

I would say it’s hard. Mostly because you need to bring a lot of water and marple trail part is not good for children and unexperienced pets.

I ended up hiking up Liberty Springs trail and not Falling Waters, so I could easily bag Liberty as well as Little Haystack, Lincoln and Lafayette. Stayed at Greenleaf Hut for two chill days. This trail is a DREAM. Try to get up there on a weekday. I was up Thursday, and had the ridge to myself which was GLORIOUS. So incredibly beautiful. Friday puttered around on Lafayette and just past it (not sure the name... going North of Lafayette Summit.) The range was MOBBED with people. So if you're looking for beauty AND more solitude, go up on the off season, or during the week. So much fun and very memorable. OBP on the descent had LOTS of gorgeous viewpoints.

Awesome hike. Strenuous but worth it. Experienced but slower hiker here, took me 8 hours round trip to do the loop including stops to enjoy the various summits. Steady incline up to the ridge, then you ascend and descend each of the three peaks until a finally steady but gradual descent past the hut back to the parking lot. I did Falling Waters up and Bridle down, which I recommend as bridal is a more gradual and Falling Waters steeper. My favorite hike in New Hampshire thus far.

Take Deans Trails to Long Trail up for a more exciting hike with some rock scrambling, then Monroe to descend. If hiking with kids or dogs, I recommend Monroe up, it’s a steady incline and not exposed. Be prepared for a lot of people at the summit during summer, unless you start the hike very early, 6am-ish.

hiking
11 days ago

Trails were wet and rocks were slippery. Recommend sturdy boots and trekking poles. Overall fun hike, but challenging. Not for anyone with bad knees. Beautiful views. Definitely will go back and try other approaches and trails.

It is incredibly busy.... almost two lanes of traffic on all legs of the trail. I went up bridle and down falling waters and may have been the good choice on a busy day. However - falling waters is relentless on the knees and never really levels out until the end. Going down there are a lot of trees/roots in the right or down side of trail for balance. Left side was for people going up. Poles were helpful.

Windy at top and required a jacket. I should have had gloves.

I went up early at 5:30 and people were already coming down who had gone up at 1:00 am to catch sunrise or were trail running.

It is incredible for the views in the ridge.

Hike - Saturday July 7 a beautiful day

We went up falling waters and down old bridle. Falling waters is a beautiful path with plenty of waterfalls, plus the bonus of the water keeping you cool. Old Bridle was just rock after rock. Suggest going up falling waters to enjoy the view on the way up. Walking the ridge is just glorious and every bit worth this hike. Finished in about 5 hours and 45minutes with 10-15 minute breaks at Mt Lincoln and Mt Lafayette. Highly recommend, it’s a great workout and worth every drop of sweat. Recommend to everyone want to battle for a beautiful view.

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail with many scenic waterfall views and opportunities to get in the water in a couple spots. We have hiked the trail three or four times and would recommend it for a drier day. The trail can be very muddy after it has rained to the point where I was sinking ankle deep with each step. For those who want to follow the trail all the way to Lonesome Lake, be aware that you will need to get past a difficult river crossing. It was doable, but our dogs struggled to make the crossing and had to be carried across one at a time.

Definitely five stars for both views and difficulty. Took us 7 hours, with a few breaks. Amazing hike, even when it was hard it was so beautiful that it totally made it worth it. We started pretty early, so it was not too busy. However by the end there were quite a few groups. If you go, make sure to bring A LOT of water!

Hiked on July 3. Was very hot, all the sweat was well worth the views. Was a great hike!

Was a great hike. Beautiful views. Lots of rocks but this is NH. Kicked my butt.

Hiked the trail on July 2 with my grown kids (in their 20s). We're all generally fit but haven't hiked much recently. Took us 6 hours and 20 minutes with about 45 minutes of stops. We went up the Falling Waters trail and down Bridle Path, which is the best way. The trail down Bridle Path is generally less steep although it does have its steep sections, and much of the trail is wet and slippery. There really is no easy way. This is one of the most beautiful trail imaginable. There are many water falls along the Falling Waters, and some great look outs on Bridle Path, and the trail along the ridge is spectacular. There's little if any exposure to steep drops although you have to be careful almost every step. We stopped at the Greenleaf Hut for water and to take a break. We each started with about 64 ounces of water which was not enough. Temperature was in the 80s at the bottom of the mountain and in the 60s on top of the ridge

Wonderful views. The only hard part was getting up to the ridge, the actual ridge hike was wonderful. Highly recommend ! One of my favorites in NH

Mid 20s in shape and completed in roughly 4 1/2 hrs with some picture and water/snack breaks. Started at the trail head and headed up falling waters. Most of the terrain was dry besides areas close to the waterfall. The bugs weren’t too bad on the way up but coming down to the hut/old bridle had a lot more moisture which lead to more bugs. Was 85 and humid until you hit the tree line then a very refreshing breeze rewards you your hard work. I used roughly a gallon(3.87L) total but ymmv. The views were spectacular as always.

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