Back on the main roads, we retraced our steps from yesterday through Franconia Notch. It was Saturday during the peak summer season, and it looked like a large chunk of the northeast had decided to go for a hike. Parking lots were full, and cars clogged the sides of the roads. A steady stream of day hikers accompanied us as we began our way up the long climb of the Falling Waters Trail to our destination - the bare heights of Franconia Ridge.
|We begin the journey!|
|One of the falls - see the hikers at the top for scale.|
|Ravens are in abundance on the ridge. They've learned to pick up food scraps from hikers.|
|David and I check in with a Ridge Runner.|
|Carmel and Traci step out towards Mount Lincoln.|
|Carmel ascends Mount Lincoln|
|The iconic view, looking north towards Mount Lafayette|
|Carmel and I bag a peak!|
After a few tough miles we'd reached the summit of Mount Lafayette and took some time to take in the view, including Greenleaf Hut, 1000 feet below us on the shoulder of the mountain. It was time to head down for dinner and to grab some shut eye. Our mileage was only around six miles, but we'd put in some work to get there!
|Carmel and Traci (foreground) descend towards Greenlear Hut (upper left).|
Next Time - Greenleaf Hut to Galehead Hut