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Winter Backpacking: Franconia Ridge (2d-1n) INTERMEDIATE

Backpacking: Franconia Ridge (2d-1n) INTERMEDIATE



Due to our Presidential trip being cancel I am at the last moment posting our Plan B to the group. Beginners welcome to try their hand at winter mountaineering/backpacking and winter camping along the Franconia Ridge.


Only special equipment needed other then your summer backpacking gear will be Snow Shoes and some kind of foot traction. Crampons or Micro Spikes. Sleeping bags should be rated to at least +20 degrees if not warmer. 4 season tents are not a needed for this trip. Planning on camping below treeline.

Gear List is available online under "More" then "Files" look for winter camping or Spring Traverse list of gear. Of send me a message and I am happy to help out selecting.. we can also at the trail head help with bringing the right amount of stuff and not too much.


Weather Outlook:

When we start out it could be a bit cloudy and some chance of snow or sprinkles of rain. but the weather front will be moving away fast and Sunday is looking to be a rare blue bird day on the lower summits. Great day for a hike along the ridge that morning. of course its the weather so there should always be a * for the disclaimer to be read.


What we're doing:

Backpacking over night to watch the

April 22, 2013 Lyrids Meteor Shower
After the Quadrantids in early January, there’s always a lull in major meteor shower activity for several months. Then comes the Lyrid meteor shower – April’s “shooting stars.” These meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10-20 meteors per hour at peak can be expected. Plus, the Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour. Those rare outbursts are not easy to predict, but they’re one of the reasons the tantalizing Lyrids are worth checking out. The radiant for this shower is in the constellation Lyra, which rises in the northeast at about 10 p.m. Unfortunately, in 2013, the waxing gibbous moon lights up the nighttime until the wee hours of the morning. However, the greatest number of Lyrid meteors commonly fall in the dark hours just before dawn, so trying watching this meteor shower after moonset and before dawn on April 22.

Sunrise: 5:56am 
Sunset: 7:30pm 
Moonrise: 2:07pm 
Moonset: 2:50am

My Hope is to get up before the sun and hike up to the summit and check out the stars and watch the sun rise in the east...



Saturday Day #1:

Drop cars at Cannon Ski area. Which is the trail head for GreenLeaf Trail.

Drive over to Lincoln Woods Visitor Center and begin Hiking in on Lincoln Woods Trail for 1.4 miles. Turn west on Osseo trail and follow 4 miles to the foot of Mt Flume. Set up camp and summit .1 miles away and watch the sun go down.

Star gaze during the night if they are clear.

Day #1 Stats: 5.4 miles - Hiking time 5 hours Gain: 2,600ft ( Intermediate)


Sunday Day #2

Morning Break camp early 7:30am and hit the trail at 8am. head up over the Franconia Ridge summiting Mt Flume, Mt Liberty, Little Haystack Mtn, Mt Lincoln, Mt Lafayette and turn west on Green-leaf trail which pass's the Green-leaf Hut staying on Green-leaf Trail follow it down past Eagle Cliff and then out to the parked cars at the trail head.

Day #2 Stats: 8.9 miles - Hiking time 6.75 hours Gain: 2,000ft ( Intermediate)


Total Mile's:

14.3 miles, Total of 2 days of elevation gain 4,600


Trip Planning - Research:

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", trail maps, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.



Waiver:  Read !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, or avalanche can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!

Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional resources of information for any Meetup.  You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious. We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?

If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..

It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…



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  • Jay B.

    Outstanding time!!! Weather was a spring time mixed bag.. so, if you don't like it right now just hike another .5 and its will be different. Chris and Carl great time packing & exploring with you.. Its was great to check out those two new trails that I have not ever been on.. Thanks for the great trip...

    April 22, 2013

  • Chris W.

    April 22, 2013

  • Chris W.

    Great trip. Jay thanks for planning and replanning the trip. I just uploaded photos and you can find the full resolutions photos here. I will write a longer blog post sometime this week... Jay I'd be up for doing a day trip or overnight up to one of the gullies we were looking at. Maybe that southern one as it looks like the snow will be there for a bit longer.

    April 22, 2013

  • Carl

    A great Experience. I wanted some more experience in colder conditions and to whip my butt into shape for spring and got it.
    Jay was a great guide, very knowledgeable (about gear, a lot of experience).

    April 22, 2013

  • Carl

    See ya then.

    April 19, 2013

  • Carl

    See ya then.

    April 19, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Hi Chris,

    Any posted time is the meeting time in a parking lot or trail head.. All trips are planned out from what time we want to make our first campsite that evening.. I usually give us a hour from the meeting time to actually be hitting the trail. With dropping off cares etc...

    So a direct answer we will meet at 10:30 am in the Cannon Mt Parking lot and hit the trail on foot 11:30am..

    Nice easy start to the trip.. Based on how well we end up doing depends on where we camp for the night.. The wind might still be around when we make camp. So down in the trees we will all sleep better..:-)

    April 19, 2013

  • Chris W.

    Jasy are you thinking we start walking at 10:30 or are you thinking we meet at Cannon parking lot at 10:30?

    April 19, 2013

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