I was leading a meetup and was accompanied by four others. We decided once we were at the trailhead to go up Falling Waters and descend down Old Bridle Path. I am very happy with this decision as it seemed easier to get the steep sections of Falling Waters out of the way going up rather than trying to go down. We got our gear on and started promptly at 7:15.
|Franconia Ridge Trail|
We hiked on a fairly level ridge until we got to a section of the ridge with numerous jutting crags and climbed up the cone of Lincoln. This section was difficult to navigate as there wasn’t much visibility. We looked for cairns and had to spend a little time scoping out different options as the trail is snow covered and impossible to follow the entire hike.
|Scoping out the best route|
We reached the summit of Lincoln (5089′) with little views and some pretty good wind. It wasn’t a constant wind and didn’t seem as strong as reported in the higher summits forecast. The wind was around thirty miles per hour which made wind chill -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
|Taking a break on the ridge|
A mile later we reached the summit of Lafayette. I was surprised by the number of people we saw on the ridge. Many were hiking the route up Old Bridle Path and down Falling Waters. They weren’t hiking toward the wind, but I felt safer ascending up the steep sections of Falling Waters.
|Skies began to open up; time to get some pictures!|
|Making our way to Greenleaf Hut|
We stayed at the hut for quite some time. I have no idea how long, but we had lunch, talked to a French Canadian couple, and took lots of pictures. The hut isn’t open in winter, but there are a few benches on either side. While at the hut the sun beamed down at us. I don’t think any of us wanted to leave!
|Cannon on the right|
|The ridge connecting Lincoln and Lafayette|
|Large group coming down- we packed up and headed on down!|
Last modified: February 5, 2015