Jill and I hiked the Franconia Ridge on September 2nd, which was our 3rd wedding anniversary. We ascended Falling Waters Trail to Little Haystack, over Lincoln to Lafayette and descended Greenleaf and the Old Bridle.
The temp was about 90 degrees with decent humidity. Visibility was hazy at times but also clear at times. The hike took us 9.5 hours total (including all breaks) which I know is slower than average. However, this was a long hike by our standards so we were pretty tired by the end.
All in all, the views were phenomenal and we were not disappointed. A very detailed trip report and pictures can be found on my latest blog posting at Live Free and Hike NH: http://www.livefreeandhikenh.blogspot.com/
Below are some of my favorite pics from the trip:
Jim Salge helped me identify this little bird (he thinks, based on the picture only) at the top of Little Haystack as a junco. After looking at some online, I think he is right!
Mount Lincoln from Little Haystack
Mount Flume and Mount Liberty (Left to Right) from Little Haystack
The Bonds...very exciting for me...I've never seen them before!
Owl's Head...Is the visible slide in this picture the slide trail??? Does anyone know?
Another question, this pond is on the northwest corner of Owl's Head, east of Lafayette. It is not on any maps??? Any ideas???
Cannon from Lincoln
Lafayette from Lincoln
Awesome slide on the southwestern slope of Lafayette
Jill and I on the summit of Lafayette
Jill on the summit of Lafayette...just chillin
Simply put, this was really an incredible hike!