Mount Lafaytte

Elevation (feet): 5,260
Elevation (meters): 1,603
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: White Mountains
State: New Hampshire
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: no idea
First successful climber(s): no idea
Nearest major airport: Manchester
Convenient Center: Littleton or Bethlehem

Thanks to Alex for adding this peak.

The highest summit of the Franconia Ridge, this mountain sits directly east of Franconia Notch, across from Cannon Mountain. The four most popular trails start from Intertate 93, these are (from N to S) the Skookumchuck Trail, the Greenleaf Trail, the Old Bridle Path and the Falling Waters Trail. The latter leads to the summit of Little Haystack Mountain (4750 ft.); to reach the summit Lafayette you must hike about 1.5 miles north, over the summit of Mount Lincoln (5080 ft.) along the Franconia Ridge Trail, all above treeline and with awesome views. The Old Bridle Path climbs merges with the Greenleaf Trail at Greenleaf Hut (4,200 feet) - a warming hut and overnight cabin. Winter ascents of Lafayette are generally easier than Mount Washington, but they do require an ice axe and crampons, and weather above treeline can be pretty horrendous. Potential technical snow/ice routes can be found in the ravine just south of the Old Bridle Path, but to reach them requires a very long and difficult bushwhack through unbroken forest, and thus they are not very popular.

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Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 7 trip reports for Mount Lafaytte.

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  • Log #21486 - by BOB BRODEN on Oct 29, 2008
    HIKED WITH MATT DOYLE CLEAR DAY TRAIL WAS SNOW COVERED WE HAD A STRAY DOG JOIN US ABOUT HALF WAY UP FALLING WATERS TRAIL AND STAYED WITH US OVER THE RIDGE AND DOWN BRIDLE PATH. FOUND HIS MASTER IN...
  • Log #20717 - by Nicholas Soscia on Mar 29, 2007
    This is the most enjoyable climb I have done since it is part of the Franconia Ridge trail. When you reach the summit you are not encountered by a parking lot like Mt Washington, it makes it all the...
  • Log #16039 - by Guenevere Feldman on Jan 20, 2003
    A group of friends and I summited Lafayette in late summer of 1998 as part of our hike along Franconia ridge. The day's hike began with the summit of Liberty Peak, and ended after we summited Mt....
  • Log #16035 - by David D. Sam on Aug 20, 2002
    Ascended from the Old Bridle Path. Looped over Mt Lincoln via the A.T. then descended via the Falling Water Trail. A beautiful hike.
  • Log #16036 - by Jeff & Tammy Godin on Aug 19, 2002
    At the trail head it was cold and light snow. Took the Old Bridle path to Greenleaf trail to the summit. Lots of hard packed snow on the trail, crampons helped. The snow was too packed for snow shoes...
  • Log #16037 - by Caroline Lin on July 30, 2001
    a beautiful area with surprisingly rugged mtns (this coming from a native of the rockies!); able to summit both lincoln and lafayette in one day without much difficulty; ridgeline was breathtaking;...
  • Log #16038 - by Greg Szabo on May 03, 2001
    I ascended from RT 93 on the GreenLeaf Trail. After the hut it was moderately exhausting, but the view down to Franconia Notch and to the East towards the ranges towards Crawford Notch were very...