Mount Lafayette

Mount Lafayette is the highest peak in New Hampshire outside of the Presidential Range, ranking sixth in elevation on the list of New Hampshire four-thousand footers. It is one of the most popular day-hike destinations in the White Mountain National Forest due to spectacular views at its alpine summit. The upper portion of the mountain is located in the alpine zone, an area where only small vegetation exists due to the harsh climate. A variety of trails lead up over 3,000 vertical feet to its exposed summit. The Greenleaf Trail ascends to the Appalachian Mountain Club's Greenleaf Hut, then continues to the summit. The Bridle Path trail follows a western spur ridge of Lafayette and joins the Greenleaf Trail. The peak is at the junction of the Garfield Ridge Trail, which follows the ridge northeast to Mt. Garfield, and the Franconia Ridge Trail, which leads south to Mt. Lincoln, Liberty, and Flume. Both the Garfield Ridge Trail and the Franconia Ridge Trail form part of the Appalachian Trail. A very popular day hike and perhaps the finest in the Northeast is to make a loop combining the three most notable summits of the Franconia Range: Little Haystack, Mt. Lincoln, and Mt. Lafayette. This loop is 8.9 miles with an elevation gain of about 3,900 feet.

Mount Lafayette SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by wskendal

387 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Mar 29, 2015. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are Falling Waters Trail to Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail to Old Bridle Path and Old Bridle Path to Greenleaf Trail over Mt Lafayette to Franconia Ridge Trail.

Others who’ve summited Mount Lafayette

  • eskimoto
  • wskendal
  • hauteroute
  • snodough
  • kehley
  • david
  • howland.david
  • StoneMan
  • Umberto
  • sli74
  • shandril
  • savvy350
  • hiking4000
  • cailysheehan
  • jkelley35
  • green01
  • hyland03276
  • KathrxnFink
  • hikingdrummer
  • MountainMark
  • galvinami
  • cellsman
  • spebarto
  • RickStevenson
  • benzrock
  • declikely
  • scmorin13
  • grateful_hiker
  • mlabbe68
  • carpediem0881
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Routes Used trails & approaches

19% Falling Waters Trail to Franconia Ridge Trail

9% Greenleaf Trail to Old Bridle Path

9% Old Bridle Path to Greenleaf Trail over Mt Lafayette to Franconia Ridge Trail

7% Old Bridle Path Trail

6% Falling Waters Trail

6% Franconia Ridge Trail

5% Old Bridle Path to Greenleaf Trail

5% Franconia Ridge Trail over Summit of Lafayette, Lincoln and Little Haystack, down Falling Waters Trail

5% Franconia Ridge Trail to Greenleaf Trail to Old Bridle Path

5% Franconia Ridge Trail to Falling Waters Trail

4% Garfield Ridge Trail

3% Old Bridle Path

2% liberty springs trail to franconia ridge

2% Old Bridal Path to Greenleaf Trail to Franconia Ridge Trail

2% Greenleaf Trail

1% Pemi Loop

0% Flume Slide to Franconia Ridge

0% Glencliff to Carriage Road

0% To Mount Lincoln

0% Franconia Ridge Trail to Flume Slide Trail

0% Skookumchuck Trail

0% North Twin Trail


SNAPSHOTedit info


5,260 ft / 1,603 m


3,320 ft / 1,012 m

Height Rank Range

White Mountains


New Hampshire, United States

Summited by

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  • eskimoto
  • wskendal
  • scott
  • hauteroute
  • snodough
  • TheKiltedHiker
  • kehley
  • mrcham86
  • Dane
  • david
  • spencernowak
  • df234afsef1245r

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