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Skookumchuck Trail to Greenleaf Hut

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Franconia Notch State Park

Skookumchuck Trail to Greenleaf Hut is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Franconia, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.0 miles Elevation Gain: 4,662 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Skookumchuck is located near Franconia State Park, USA. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day. Hiked Skookumchuck trail to Greenleaf hut. Returned on the Greenleaf trail. The trail is moderate for the most part to the ridge. The two sets of stone steps are the most difficult stretch of trail. A good way to pick up the other end of the ridge back to Greenleaf. Crosses North Lafayette to the summit of Lafayette.

4 days ago

Great hike. Would rate as difficult. The lack of rain has caused the trail to be dusty and easy to slide on the sand. Low traffic for a Lafayette climb.

9 months ago

Arrived at the lot around 8:30am on Saturday and it was only about half full. We did this as an out and back to the Lafayette summit (10.2 miles RT) and did not go to the hut. Took us just under 7.5 hrs with breaks. Wet leaves at lower elevations in the morning dried up a bit by the afternoon. Approaching the Garfield Ridge Trail, we could see rime ice on the tree tops. Some rocks climbing up to the ridge required caution due to ice and melting ice. Once we got to the ridge, rime ice was prevalent on rocks and vegetation, though not much on the actual trail itself. Was starting to melt by noon, though there was still a bit left. Use caution, as rocks and roots were slippery with wet leaves. Did not require traction today.

10 months ago

Sun Apr 07 2019

Sat Jun 16 2018