Elevation

5,260 ft / 1,603 m

Prominence

3,320 ft / 1,011 m

Summits

596 summits

Top climbing months

August   17%

September  15%

July   15%

Highlights

  • Mount Lafayette is the highest peak in New Hampshire outside of the Presidential Range and is the 6th highest official "4000 footer" in the state
  • One of the most popular day-hike destinations in White Mountain National Forest due to spectacular views at its alpine summit. A variety of trails lead up over 3,000 vertical feet to its exposed 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.
  • 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 summit lies at the junction of the Garfield Ridge Trail, which follows the ridge northeast to Mount Garfield, and the Franconia Ridge Trail, which leads south to Mount 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 3 most notable summits of the Franconia Range: Little Haystack, Mount Lincoln, and Mount Lafayette. This loop is 8.9 miles with an elevation gain of about 3,900 feet.
"Hiked Franconia Ridge on 08/05. Summits were in the clouds for the first part of the day. Cleared up in the afternoon. Stopped in at the Greenleaf Hut on the way back down via Greenleaf Trail to Old Bridle Path." - dmcosker, Aug 5, 2018
"We camped out at Lafayette place and received 3" of rain that night. The next morning we went up Old Bridal path to the summit of Lafayette and continued on the Franconia ridge to Lincoln and Little Haystack then down Falling Waters trail to get back to the campground. The trails were wet and the water crossings tricky due to the rains the night before. The summits were in the clouds while we made our way up to Lafayette but cleared by the time we reached the summits." - k2rider123, Jun 19, 2018
"Fierce winds, but they made for a cool and bugless climb. An involved hike, but the beautiful views and terrain are worth every minute. Ascended via Falling Waters and Franconia Ridge, passing over Little Haystack and Lincoln along the way. Descended via Greenleaf and Old Bridal. 7h 20m including all three peaks and regular breaks." - gooner, May 27, 2018
"Beautiful day, bright blue skies. Thought we were going to summit Lafayette. But ran out of steam at the hut after ascending the Greenleaf trail. It was not broken out and there was close to a foot of new powder. Oh well." - Alohabuffy, Apr 22, 2018
"Franconia ridge traverse....amazing day with clear skies...relatively warm! We realized during our hike to the last mountains that our car spot key was forgotten in the first car....so we had to backtrack to liberty again and head down liberty springs and road walk on the bike path for a few miles to get to our car...still an amazing day! Just a little longer than intended!" - shay-shay, Mar 25, 2018

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