Grafton County Highpoint Trip Report

Date: August 18, 2007
Author: Shannon Dillmore

Went up Falling Waters Trail, falling in a remarkably unacrobatic manner a few times on the wet rocks and stream crossings. Approaching Little Haystack, I met quite a few hikers that had turned around at the ridge, declining to do the 2 mile traverse. I didn't have this luxury, so continued on to Lafayette. The ridge has lovely views, I'm sure, but I only saw the inside of my rain hood as the wind plastered it to the side of my face. I spent a grand total of 30 seconds on the summit, then headed down the Greenleaf Trail to the hut.

This was the worst part of the hike, with 30 mph winds in my face. The Greenleaf Hut was a welcome sight and I warmed up with some coffee. The rest of the hike down was uneventful, as a forecast break in the weather appeared. I flirted with the idea of doing Kinsman Peak across the notch but decided for Kearsarge instead.

Round trip: 8.9 miles, 3900 feet of gain, 5 hours and 25 minutes including the stop at the hut.