*** BLANK OR PARTIAL RSVPs WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM THE HIKE ***
All RSVP questions MUST be answered. We require this information for safety and planning. This information is only available to Random Group of Hikers trip leaders and is not shared with 3rd parties. RSVPs that omit any information including primary and emergency contact phone numbers will be immediately removed.
If you RSVP from a mobile device the questions may not show up - be sure to use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them (go back to the event page, click change "RSVP", click "YES", then answer them.
Your safety, and the safety of the group, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.
*I'm labeling this as ADVANCED due to elevation and above tree-line. Mandatory condition for this hike is that you have hiked at least a few 4'kers.*
What we're doing...
This hike is an 8.8 mile loop on the Franconia Range. It takes us to the Summits of Mounts, Little Haystack, Lincoln and Lafayette. Lincoln and Lafayette are recognized 4,000 foot peaks. Little Haystack is not because it does not have sufficient prominence above the ridge.
We’ll ascend the Falling Waters Trail 3.2 miles to the summit of Little Haystack (4,760 ft). We then traverse the Franconia Range ridge line on the Franconia Ridge Trail for 1.7 miles summiting Lincoln (5,089 ft) and then Lafayette (5,260 ft). We’ll descend on the Greenleaf Trail for 1.1 miles passing the AMC’s Greenleaf Hut. Then we continue descending on the Old Bridle Path for 2.7 miles to LafayettePlace.
Dogs are permitted on this hike provided they experienced hikers. If you are bringing your dog, please indicate that in the RSVPs. Bring a copy of their current rabies vaccination.
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.
On this moderate pace (~[masked] MPH) loop we will hike 8.8 miles and climb about 3500 feet. It should take an average hiker about 9 hours to complete this trip (this does not include time for rest breaks).
This event is considered to be ADVANCED because of the elevation and above tree-line. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).
I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", a trail map, 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.
Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies
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. Failure to bring the basics puts you and the rest of the group at risk. If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or if you have any questions refer to the list below or contact me.
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.
If you don't have what you need you will not be allowed to participate - even if you carpooled with someone.
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.
We will meet at the Livermore trailhead. According to Google Maps this spot is about 128 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 12 minutes to drive there.
While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses - suggested donations per person are $20 from Boston MA, $15 from Salem/Nashua NH, and $10 from Concord NH.
Random Group of Hikers 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; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(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.