It's an early start time and it's last minute, but the weather is looking to be beautiful, let's hike.
With 4 miles above tree line, the Franconia Ridge Trail is scenic and awe-inspiring. We will tag 6 impressive peaks: Lafayette, Truman, Lincoln, Little Haystack, Liberty, and Flume. Let's meet at Lincoln Woods Visitor Center where we'll spot a car and then drive to the Skookumchuck Trailhead to begin our hike. Please do not sign up for this hike if you haven't hiked anything over 3,500 ft elevation gain and 12 miles in the last month.
We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.
Please read the entire event description before you RSVP. It is important, not only for your safety, but that of the entire group.
This hike is considered advanced for the elevation gain, time, and distance. We will hike 15.6 miles and climb 4750 feet for an estimated 11 hours and 50 minutes, not including breaks. We will not linger at each peak. We will use the Skookumchuck, Franconia Ridge, Osseo and Lincoln Woods Trails. Please meet at the Lincoln Woods Visitor Center at 6:15 am to load packs and people in cars, leaving the parking lot at 6:30 to make the 20 minute drive to the Skookumchuck Trail and be on the trail by 7:00 am. http://www.newenglandtrailconditions.com/nh/viewreport.php?entryid=13632
The Lincoln Woods Trail will be open on weekends: http://www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain
Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.
Current conditions for Mount Lafayette: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=44.16066199999999&lon=-71.6445066&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=Mount%20Lafayette%2C%20White%20Mountain%20National%20Forest%2C%20Franconia%2C%20NH%2003251%2C%20USA#.Ug55PbTHPjA
Below is a list describing the minimum required items to participate in this event. Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to.
Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.
The following information is for a day hike during the warmer months. Please alter this according to the season and length of hike.
Footwear: Hiking boots with synthetic or wool socks.
Clothing: Dress in synthetics to easily regulate body temperature. It may be windy at the summit so please bring a warmer layer. Make sure your layers fit comfortably over each other. DO NOT WEAR COTTON - while cotton is a great insulator when it is dry, once wet it doesn't dry easily and it rapidly conducts heat away from the body.
Outerwear: windproof/waterproof shell (with hood)
Food and Water: Bring high-energy snacks, food for lunch - pack extra "just in case". Bring enough water to stay properly hydrated during the trip - use a nalgene or a hydration bladder.
Shelter: Be prepared to spend a night in the woods if you have to. Options include an ultralight tarp, a bivy sack, or an emergency space blanket (which packs small and weighs just ounces).
Other Essential Gear: Map and compass - don't just bring them know how to use them. Plastic whistle. Headlamp with two sets of spare batteries. Personal first aid kit with an emergency space blanket. Small pocket knife or multi-purpose tool. Matches or wind-proof lighter and fire starter. Toilet kit (e.g. hand sanitizer, toilet paper and a zip-lock bag to pack out your used personal hygiene items). Sunscreen. Lip balm. Sunglasses. Waterproof cover for your pack.
Optional Items: Trekking poles. Camera.
If we have at least 3 participants, we can arrange a carpool, please post in the comments section.
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 agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com