VERY STRENUOUS HIKE. PREREQUISITE: MUST HAVE ATTENDED OVER 50 STRENUOUS HIKE.
NOTE: THIS HIKE IS CONTINGENT ON GOOD WEATHER & SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER.
This group is for hikers 50-70+(most of us are 55-65) who haven't given up on their love of hiking and being in nature despite their age or level of physical conditioning. We hike at a pace 50% slower than the AMC Trailguide book time. Hike ratings: easy,easy/moderate, moderate, advanced moderate,moderate/strenuous, strenuous,very strenuous. On the home page,if you click on the PAGES button there is a hike rating system which explains the wait list.
We start as a group,we hike as a group and we end as a group. If you think you may not be able to keep up with the group, do not carpool. There are three other hiking Meetup groups if you want a faster pace or more challenging hikes (The New England Hiking Meetup, 4 Seasons Hiking Group, New England Over 40 Hiking Group). The hiking Meetup group, (Fellowship Of The Tortoise) does easier,slower paced hikes than this group. Our goal is to stay fit while enjoying the camaraderie of hikers who have similar skills and goals. If you click on the PAGES button on the home page,there is a Summer Hiking Gear List. This is a dog free hiking group. Everybody must join the group and have a picture up to be on a hike.
Trailhead: Take 93 north. Continue to the Franconia Parkway where the trailhead is located on the north side (directly opposite the LaFayette campground). It's just a few miles north of the Flume exit. We'll meet at the Falling Waters & Old Bridle Path Trailhead sign.
This is a VERY STRENUOUS LOOP HIKE. The "wait list" rules will be in effect to insure a safe & enjoyable experience. We will hike the Falling Waters Trail to the summit of Little Haystack (4,780'). We will continue via Franconia Ridge to Mt. Lincoln (5,089') & over to Mt. Lafayette (5,260'). We will descend via the Greenleaf Trail to the AMC Greenleaf Hut & complete the loop to the parking lot via the Old Bridle Path. There are stunning views from all 3 summits as well as the entire length of Franconia Ridge. 8.9 miles round trip, 3,850' elevation gain, AMC book time 6.5 hours; 9-10 hours estimated time for our group. It will be a full day; plan accordingly.
Disclaimer: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.