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Awesome trail. Turns into a rock scramble about halfway up the mountain and gains about 2400ft in ~1.6 mi. Great views going up/down the mountain after about the halfway point, but the summit was foggy. The fog clears away just a few hundred feet from the summit to reveal some spectacular views.

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!

Beautiful trail, great views of presidential range along the way and 360 views at top. A pretty constant incline and some scrambles once you pass Surprise but all manageable. Would recommend footwear with good tread for safety, even if it’s not wet. I’d rate this as easy to moderate, but may be difficult for someone who isn’t in the best shape, however still doable.

We had perfect weather for this hike, a slight detour at 2 points as Tuckerman's Ravine trail was under construction, the first portion of this hike is woody and rocky with a steady but not steep incline. We stopped and snacked/refilled water at Hermit lake shelter, from there it was a relatively steep incline once you are through the ravine, great views all along this trail and the last .8 mile requires scrambling at some places. Saw a lot of other friendly hikers along the way. The summit is super busy, so no quiet mountain summit moments, but a very fun trail and not too trying on a summer day- 3.5 hours up and 3 hours down.

Beginning of the trail is closed so we took the detour up the ski trail. It was probably the worst part-straight uphill on dirt with no traction in multiple spots. Once we got to the ravine, it was beautiful! It was steep but more actual hiking. Pretty warm and humid today until we got above the tree line. There was a nice breeze for the rest of our climb to the summit. I definitely recommend hiking shoes. Lots of rocks and even kind of a scramble-like hiking on the way to the top. Because of the waterfalls/small stream coming off the rocks, your shoes will inevitably get wet. I saw people in sneakers though I wouldn’t want to do it. Hike ended up being about 6 hours and we also stopped at the top for quite a bit. I think the weather really determines the capability of this hike. We had a perfect day and saw a ton of people who were probably in average shape that were doing just fine. If the weather wasn’t on our side, I can definitely see how it would get treacherous, with all the rocks on this route and on the way up to the summit. Just make sure you check the Mt. Washington weather site.

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

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.

From the start of trail always climbing upwards till the top . Good exercise for a good night sleep !

This trail is an absolute beast. The large rocks during the entire ascent are pretty slippery. There’s one spot where a large sheered rock, at an upward angle, is part of the path and it was slick and challenging to maneuver, with a tree down near it. The weather prevented any meaningful views from the ridge and the summit unfortunately. One of the toughest hikes I’ve done. There is a tram to get down, if you want to avoid a pretty treacherous descent over the slippery rocks.

Hiked this as #23 of my 4000's. Great hike- steeper sections have enough switchbacks to make for an easy ascent. Today was completely socked in at the summit, with visibility less than 30 feet. Summit area is great- small (the old tower foundation takes up most of the top rock), with plenty of places around the whole cone to sit and have lunch. This is a very moderate climb, easy on the legs. There is one small section just before the summit that might be classed as strenuous, but it's short and easily negotiated.

Loved this trail. Moderate and then steep briefly towards the end. The view was beautiful. Made it worth it!!!

tuckerman up , lions head down. it seemed like tuckerman was steeper but I'd rather do that for both ways next time as it was a better trail overall.. 3 hours and 20 mins to get up. 2 hours 20 mins to get down. had some chilli from the cafe and snapped a few pics. saw some guy who needed first aid . the fatality board inside was interesting.

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

We hiked the Tuckerman Ravine Trail up and the Lion Head Trail down. The last mile and a half is definitely tough going over all the rocks and boulders but it was a lot of fun and well worth it! If I were to give advice I would say wear sturdy shoes, pace yourself and have fun!

Difficult at times with a very rewarding view up top.

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!

great views at summit

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!

The summit was awsome. Great view of Washington down to Jackson. The hike itself had some cool spots, relatively tame after 1st 2 miles. Rhe long hike out was the hardest part. Trail is rough and be ready to get your feet muddy and wet. Glad to have done it but dont see myself coming back

We hiked up Lion's Head (it's steeper) and down Tuckerman's and it was absolutely gorgeous. Incredibly difficult and we were sore for days, but totally worth it. We went at a fairly fast pace with a few stops and it took us 3.5 hours to get up and 3 to get down.

The hike can be divided into three distinct parts: the first third is fairly easy, then you hit the rest area with a water refill, then the second third is very rocky, and the last third is a seemingly neverending scramble on very uneven rocks that will break your spirit.

Overall, the Tuckerman's Ravine Trail is incredibly beautiful and has a waterfall, and next time I would definitely do this trail both up and down, as Lion's Head is just way steeper with lesser views.

In terms of clothing, you'll get very warm while hiking, but the top third is so windy and cold, you'll want to bring a hat, warm layers, and probably a windbreaker. Hiking boots are a must!

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!

Great trail, opening up for some nice views from Surprise peak. Moriah itself offers a stunning 360 degree view of the Whites and Wilderness to the East.

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.

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

Speechless. What a hike! Tuckermans Ravine/Shurburne ski trail + Lionshead. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. In serious pain, but what a sense of accomplishment. Well worth it. Prepare, drink a lot of water, and be ready to face challenges.

Good luck!

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