Mount Lafayette via Old Bridle Path

HARD 76 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, walking, and backpacking 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

backpacking

hiking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

5 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Awesome views!

hiking
7 days ago

Awesome views!

12 days ago

Awesome but grueling hike you better be in shape for this one!!!

13 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Breathtaking views! The rocks were so fun! Great day for it. People say this is a challenging hike but I thought it was easy! Really it was great and totally mellow.

hiking
18 days ago

backpacking
20 days ago

I went up the Old Bridle and down Falling Waters with a couple of friends and 40ish lbs of gear over the course of 2 half days and one full day. The hike was great and exactly as challenging as advertised. A word of warning though, the descent down Falling Waters can be extremely rough on the knees, so you might consider coming down Old Bridle Unfortunately, it was foggy for almost the entire day, but when the weather had an opening the views were breathtaking.

The only reasons it lost a star were that camping is limited, and there were huge amounts of trash on the trail. Much of the loop is in the Alpine Zone or other protected areas, so we ended up descending 3/8 mile down Green Leaf for the first night and finding an area more than 200ft off Falling Waters for the second. I also ended up packing about a pound of other people's garbage(mostly tissues and hopefully unused TP) down the trail, and even skipped over particularly gross pieces, so it didn't quite have a pristine wilderness feel.

23 days ago

did this whole trail last week....just about 8 hours. one of the most beautiful hikes in NH.

hiking
24 days ago

I hiked down this trail after going up the Falling Water trail. I chose to do it this way because it was a shorter distance to the top and then a more gradual incline to Lafayette. The three peaks are all awesome and worth seeing. Check out my full trip report along with some things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/lafayette

hiking
24 days ago

Challenging hike! Great views. Lots of exposure on ridge line lines for about 1/2 of the hike, so be prepared for wind and weather.

27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike end of Sept 2016. Incredible views, very challenging uphills with some steep, rocky climbs. It was so worth it! Careful on the notch, check wind conditions prior.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago