Camping NEAR Greenleaf Hut??
OK Folks, I really need your help on this one. Hoping there are some out there who are very familiar with the trail leading up from Greenleaf Hut to summit of Lafayette. I want to take a few friends up along Franconia Ridge, but this is bare-bones hiking without enough cash to stay the night at Greenleaf Hut. My question is this . . . we are allowed to camp 1/4 mile away from any hut, and 200 ft off any trail - not in alpine zone and 200 ft away from any water. With those restrictions perfectly and accurately adhered to, is there any possible spot to set up a tent 1/4 mile UP the trail, towards Lafayette, from Greenleaf Hut??? Not sure WHERE (how far up) the Alpine Zone starts - whether there IS 1/4 mile before it begins . . . and not sure, even if that IS the case, whether the forest is so dense up there (being so close TO the Alpine Zone) as to make it impossible to find an area to set up a tent. (I've been in some places, in the Whites, where it's so dense you could barely thrust your arm into the undergrowth from the side of the trail). One trail description I've been able to uncover puts it this way . . .
"From the Hut, follow the Greenleaf Trail south out of the clearing and descend in a few dozen yards to Eagle Lake. Crossing the lake?s outlet, the trail rises shortly to a view back towards the hut. From here, the trail returns briefly to the woods before breaking into the clear for good as it switchbacks towards the ridgeline."
My question here is . . . when the "trail returns briefly to the woods" is that 1/4 mile away and is it possible to find a spot in there? Anyone out there have any first hand knowledge. I've been along that section of trail before, but never with that intention of camping before - always stayed at the hut so didn't take notice of any possible camping spots . . . HELP! HELP! HELP! Can anyone tell me definitively???