Mount Lafayette via Old Bridle Path

HARD 51 reviews

Mount Lafayette via Old Bridle Path is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Franconia, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3937 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

hiking
6 hours ago

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7 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

I am an intermediate hiker and I thought this hike was quite challenging at times. The initial quarter wasn't too bad however when we had reached the summit and ascending to the Lafeyette it became taxing under the sun. The relief hut was very necessary as we did run out of water. Although the hike does say the descent from Mt Lafayette is 'relatively easy' it is quite steep and hard on the knees. In the end this hike is definately worth the mountain views of NH.

camping
14 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Only hiked to the Greenleaf hut (not all the way to Lafayette) but still a nice, challenging hike with a great view of the lake from the hut. Would HIGHLY recommend if in the area

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! We took falling waters up and old bridle down- Definitely can be a "stair climber" at times, but well worth the views at little haystack, Lincoln & Lafayette! Falling waters had a lot of wet rocks and was a bit slippery. I recommend bringing a sweater because the top was chilly. We never did this hike before and it took us about 5 1/2 hours to do the loop with a few short stops along the way.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked for the first time today. The rating is spot-on--this hike was definitely hard, but well worth it once we reached the top. The views are amazing! We were on the mountain for approx 9 hours, but we stopped at numerous spots to take pictures and enjoy the scenery, hung out at the summit for approx 30 mins, and made stops at the Greenleaf Hut on both the way up and own. There was a lot of water and mud on the trail from melting snow and recent rain. I highly recommend hiking boots and bring poles, if you have them especially for the way down.

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Hiked this last Thursday, considerable snow above 3,000 feet still anywhere with forest cover. The falling waters trail was impassable due to the amount of melting snow coming off the mountain. Post holing 2.5 feet ish just off the packed down snow of winter hikers. Exposed areas of the mountain (including the 600ish foot final ascent) are all clear of snow. Beautiful hike and micro spikes highly recommended, but there are many "patches" of ice then rock, so dull ones are best.

Will try again in 2-3 weeks to see if it's fully clear