View Full Version : Loop Hike to Mt. Lafayette

08-16-2010, 05:23 PM
It has been awhile since I've posted on this Forum. I know that it's unnecessary to provide any explanation. Nonetheless, I'll simply say that my time has been limited, and so I've had to put some self-imposed limits on where I post and how often.

With no further ado, here is a brief report about a recent loop hike that my friend Marty & I did to Mt. Lafayette. We ascended via the Skookumchuck Trail, and then we hiked the Garfield Ridge Trail to the top of Mt. Lafayette. To complete the loop, we descended via the Greenleaf Trail to the car that we had spotted at the Cannon Tram parking lot.

Despite a weather forecast to the contrary, there were hazy & overcast conditions which made for some unimpressive photos of distant vistas. But, there's nothing wrong with vistas that are not so distant!:) And so, the snapshots below consist mostly of scenes where the haze was less of a factor.

Photo taken from a point near the junction of the Skookumchuck and Garfield Ridge Trail


Hiking along the Garfield Ridge Trail en route to Mt. Lafayette, with a white AT blaze painted on a boulder to guide us!:rolleyes:


A hazy view toward Mt. Garfield, and Twin Range with the Presidentials on the distant horizon.


A juxtaposition of the Greenleaf and Lonesome Lake Hut (as the crow flies, they are not that far apart!)


Here's the classic view looking down the Franconia ridgeline that we've all seen time & time again.


Here's yet another familiar view - Eagle Lakes as seen from the Greenleaf Hut


And lastly, here's a snapshot of the view from Eagle Pass as we were descending the Greenleaf Trail and quickly approaching the end of our hike.



08-16-2010, 06:48 PM
Beautiful hike!

I love that stretch on the Garfield Ridge Trail over North Lafayette.

Also, the shot of the two huts is remarkable.

Nicely done.

08-16-2010, 07:58 PM
John love your pictures, thanks for sharing

08-16-2010, 08:34 PM

Great shots. The classic shot of the ridge line is very nice.

On the last shot from Eagle Pass, what mountain is over to the right in the back ground, with the ledge face?

As always, thanks for sharing.

Snow Miser
08-16-2010, 09:12 PM
John, I can probably speak for many of us on here and say we missed your TRs and photos. This report continues your very nice work. I too love the classic view of the ridgeline. Thanks for sharing with us.

08-16-2010, 11:11 PM
Doug; Armando; Karl; Bob: Thank you so much for your very kind and generous comments!

Karl, you asked for the identification of the mountain with the cliff face which shows up in my photo from Eagle Pass.
Those cliffs are the ones you see on Cannon Mountain as you drive through the Franconia Notch on I-93.
If you look closely, you can just barely see the Cannon Tower which shows up as a small speck in the upper right side of the photo.

Anna LeBlanc
08-17-2010, 12:44 PM
John, I've really missed seeing your pictures and reading your TR'S.So happy to have you back.The Franconia Ridge view is the one my husband Gary and I enjoy the most in all of the Whites.


Jimmy Legs and Little d
08-17-2010, 06:55 PM
We never tire of seeing pictures of Franconia Ridge. Also, a favorite of ours.


08-17-2010, 10:07 PM
Anna & Donna: Thank you not only for your most kind comments, but also thank you for providing affirmation that the Franconia Range is indeed a special place.

Although I enjoy hiking to almost any destination, I think that the Franconia Range is in a league all to itself. It is often crowded, and some might even say "touristy". But regardless, I think it is a magnificently beautiful spot in the Whites, and in many respects it even outshines the Presidential Range. I try to limit my visits to this range, much the same way I try to limit the desserts that I eat. There are certain things in your life that you want to remain as rare and special treats!:)

08-19-2010, 06:44 AM
Great pics!! Ahhh memories, I was on Lafayette in June :)

08-22-2010, 08:31 AM
Thank you John, for taking the time to share with us. I always look forward to seeing your photos and TR.

08-22-2010, 09:14 AM
I agree with the others on missing your TRs and pictures John. Hopefully it's just been that you're too busy to post and not too busy to hike. I really like this one. Leave it to you to take one of the most popular places in the Whites and do it via the road less traveled. Franconia Ridge is one of my favorite places on earth (and Doug is right about the stretch of the Garfield Ridge trail). Definitely going to have to use this route for a future visit. Thanks for taking us along and welcome back!

08-22-2010, 08:58 PM
Mel; Kathy; Mark: A very sincere "thank you" to each of you for your very kind and generous replies!