Grafton County High Point Trip Report

Mt. Lafayette

Date: November 9, 1999
Author: Ron Tagliapietra

I parked at Lafayette Place in Franconia Notch (the only car there!) and ascended the Old Bridal Path for 2.9 miles to Greenleaf Hut (closed for the season). From here, it is 1.1 miles in the alpine zone to the summit rock, a dozen yards or so right of the Franconia Ridge Trail junction and a few feet from BM High 1958.

My ascent of the 3500 foot gain required 2 hours and 5 minutes (no stops but slowed trying to cross the lake in the saddle beyond the hut which had overflowed its banks and flooded the trail and created a bog in all directions). I descended in about the same time - leisurely to enjoy the views as the skies cleared.