Franconia Ridge Loop

My friends and I decided to spend Thanksgiving weekend hiking in New Hampshire. On Saturday, we did the Franconia Ridge Loop, from Little Haystack Mountain through Mt Liberty and finally over Mt Lafayette.

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Though the temperature was mild, everywhere we looked was a reminder that winter (and winter hiking!) is definitely on its way, from ice patches to frozen water droplets.

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The trail we took up Little Haystack was called Falling Waters trail, and it certainly lived up to its name! We passed two or three waterfalls and a large number of springs – so beautiful!

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Franconia Ridge as we summitted Little Haystack (this is looking towards Lincoln.)  The sky was wonderful!

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The fog was rolling over the mountains – the weather was uncertain, so we had to build lots of checkpoints into our hike, but I think we lucked into the last hikable day of the fall season.

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The view from Lincoln, looking onto Owl’s Head Mountain and the Bonds, I believe.  (It was too cold to spend much time with a map!)

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Off the southwestern edge of Lafayette – the most difficult mountain I’ve summitted to date but well worth every sore joint, stiff muscle, and bruised toe.

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Every time I turned around, the fog was changing the view.  It was like an ocean flowing over the mountains.

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And, finally, the sky to the north, which was clear of the fog.  I’ve never seen the sky layered like that – it was absolutely magical!

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My fellow adventurers, Hans and Anna, at the summit!  The fog was coming in waves and we didn’t stay long – we wanted to get below treeline quickly in case the weather changed.

This was my definitely most challenging, and most rewarding, hike to date.  Every time I think I’ve seen the mountains at their most beautiful, they find a way to amaze me all over again.

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