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Franconia Ridge, New Hampshire - Two Int/Adv Day hikes - 16 miles, 6,000' elev

  • Oct 19, 2012 · 4:00 PM
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Franconia Ridge, New Hampshire - Two Int/Adv Day hikes - 16 miles, 6,000' elev


The Hike:
Saturday we will hike the 9+ mile loop of the Franconia Ridge.
AMC’s description of this hike is “The hike across the Franconia Ridge from Little Haystack Mountain to Mount Lafayette is one of the White Mountains’ most spectacular long day hikes, providing some of the best scenery in the Northeast.”

This is not an easy 9 miles! We'll walk the ridge to Mt. Liberty (4459'), Little Haystack (4760'), Mt. Lincoln (5089'), and Mt. Laffayette (5263'). You must have minimum two 10+ mile hikes in the last two months. Running roughly 10 miles a week for three weeks would be good prep.

Sunday we’ll hike up a quick 3200' trail to Mt. Moosilauke (4802') 6 to 7 mile round trip.


The Rough Plan:
Friday: Leave midtown as early as possible. We'll be car camping at a Campground nearby (which will be closed, no showers etc. - but allows camping), so be prepared to bring what you need.

Saturday: We'll rise early for the hike and be out for roughly 10 hours. Dinner and a campfire follows.

Sunday: A short hike on the way out, and we'll plan to be on the road by 4pm and back in the city by 10pm.


How to Get a Spot:
- RSVP accordingly!

Please RSVP and note if you can drive. (This is a car camping trip.)


Transportation:
Drivers Wanted! - Riders will reimburse you for all gas and tolls.


Food:
Friday - stop for dinner on the way up.

Saturday - quick breakfast at the campsite, bring your own lunch, snacks, and "trail dinner" (second lunch). Let's plan a group dinner at the campsite.

Sunday - Breakfast at a local diner. Bring your own lunch. Dinner will be on the road or back in NYC.


Required Gear:
-sleeping pad and sleeping bag suitable for the 20s at night.
-Hiking Boots (no trail shoes of any kind)
-All the standard hiking and camping gear
-For Saturday and/or Sunday, you'll need lunch, trail dinner (basically a 2nd lunch), and snacks for the trail

-Traction devices (Micro-spikes)


Please note in your RSVP if you have:
-A tent and how many it sleeps (we need tent space for all people, we generally have enough)
-A camping stove - I'd like a second one to boil water for breakfast.
-A Car!


Cost:
Money to be estimated before the trip. It should be no more than $25 to cover cover campground, firewood, etc.

Payment will be by cash or PayPal

Also bring cash to help your driver pay for gas and tolls.

Weather:
Average hi/low: 40s/20s
Always expect rain/Ice/Snow. Weather above the treeline is always worst, so a good shell
and an extra layer are required.

Liability Waiver

You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below.

If you join us for this hike, please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness, well-being and safety and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. The organizer will only provide a meeting place for hikers who wish to attend. It is your responsibility to research the event, know the area, bring the proper gear and have the skills necessary to return to the staring point safely. 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.

Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver.

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  • Cindy

    Hey folks, I finally got round sorting my pictures and loading them. Looks like I am the last one this time round which is usually not the case....LOL! Stay warm tomorrow, some nasty storm is coming which I am rather pissed because my zombie apocalyse run has been cancelled because of it : ( Glad we had good weather when we were in New Hampshire.

    October 27, 2012

  • Cindy

    What a wonderful trip, cool crowd and such lovely BBQ dinner after the hike. The hkes were simply beautiful! Thank you so much for organising Kennedy, as always, a pleasure hiking with you : p

    October 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a perfect hike.. Thanks Kennedy and everyone for the great weekend.. It was really nice to meet you all..

    October 21, 2012

  • Brad

    It was terrific. First time in White Mountains and definently not my last.

    October 21, 2012

  • Vad.I.(a)M.

    Any chance of hitching a ride from a park/ride somewhere in the NJ/Hudson Valley area Fri after work?

    October 15, 2012

    • Andreas

      Vad, I want to leave at 4 pm at the latest. I can pick u up anywhere near in Westchester county but I avoid going over the Hudson.

      October 18, 2012

    • Vad.I.(a)M.

      I appreciate the offer but it looking more and more like the logistics will present too big of a hurdle. Realistically, I won't be able to get over to whatever meeting point to be agreed upon until 18:00. And I don't trust my car to get me up to NH. Disappointment...

      October 18, 2012

  • Brad

    Im driving a black mazda 3

    October 18, 2012

  • Brad

    My cell is[masked]

    October 18, 2012

  • Brad

    Just stick your thumb up like your going to hitchhike ill find you lol

    October 18, 2012

  • Brad

    Cindy and Aravind, I will be leaving from Fort Lee NJ around 4:00PM Friday. I dont expect to get on road until 6PM as I need to pickup a friend about 15 Min from Throggs Neck Bridge. Please let me know if your okay with that. Sorry for the changes...

    October 12, 2012

    • Esben

      Hey Brad, which make/color car should we look for tomorrow. Are we 3 on the back seat? Do you have a cell?

      October 18, 2012

    • Esben

      My cell is: [masked]

      October 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Brad..

    October 18, 2012

  • Brad

    I doubt the need for microspikes. Its going to be well above freezing up there for the rest of the week. I always carry mine though during this time of year. The only place i know of is paramus/soho rei.

    October 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning to do some shopping tomorrow.. do we really need microspikes for this hike? can anyone suggest a place in NYC or JC where i can get?

    October 17, 2012

  • Esben

    The car is gone :( I would need a ride.

    October 14, 2012

  • Esben

    Hi, I've access to a car for the weekend if anyone needs a ride.

    October 11, 2012

    • Charlotte

      sorry Esben as I've just back home,so too late for tonight.

      October 12, 2012

    • Charlotte

      Please tell me the next time your hike as I love it ! I come from South of France where we have nice small mountains. keep in touch for the coming week ends and enjoy your week end guys

      October 12, 2012

  • Charlotte

    HI I would like to do it but not in 2 days, I ve just back from a business trip so a bit tired.
    Do you have something planned for just the Saturday or just Sunday? 8h walk? thanks a lot for your return, I need to do some sport this week end. I live in manhattan.

    October 11, 2012

    • Kennedy

      That is a great idea Jing! I have guide books for many day hikes in the area. Let me know how I can assist.

      October 12, 2012

    • Jing

      Thanks! I would like to borrow a guide book from you and find several nice trails nearby. I heard the Indian Head is a nice one.

      October 12, 2012

  • Vad.I.(a)M.

    Dumb question: last year, I got away without bringing a sleeping bag. Anyway I can do the same this year? I'm reluctant to get myself a rated 40.

    October 11, 2012

  • Brad

    I will be leaving the Hoboken Nj area around 5:30PM Friday with Stoyan. Let me know if anyone else needs a ride.

    October 3, 2012

    • Brad

      Ok cool. I will be leaving from Pramus NJ now. Hope that works for you.

      October 7, 2012

    • Cindy

      Eer, not sure were Pramus NJ is.... Would you be passing anywhere nearby Jersey City or Hoboken that I can wait for you?

      October 10, 2012

  • Esben

    I might have wheels. I'll find out this week.

    October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks.. my number is 2019201837..

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brad.. Do you have one more spot in your car?

    October 6, 2012

    • Brad

      Yes I will have extra spot. I'd be happy to take you up. I will be leavin from Paramus NJ.

      October 7, 2012

  • Delphine

    Yes! I got in! I will need a ride though... Please let me know if you have room in your car.

    October 1, 2012

    • Cindy

      On no, that's rather unfortunate, Jinan : (

      October 2, 2012

    • Jing

      Jinan, can I email you? Mine is jing[masked] at yahoo dot com

      October 6, 2012

  • Jing

    Hi Kennedy,

    What time are you planning to leave midtown Friday? How long will it roughly take to arrive at the Campground? I live in central Jersey and will finish teaching at 2:30pm. Is 2:30 too late?

    Thanks.
    Jing

    October 1, 2012

    • Jing

      thanks!

      October 2, 2012

    • Vad.I.(a)M.

      Stephen- when are you leaving? Was hoping on hitching a ride

      October 2, 2012

  • Kennedy

    Drivers - Please let people know how many spots you have. Thanks, Kennedy

    October 2, 2012

  • Cindy

    Is there anyone with a spot in their car please? Greatly appreciate it.

    October 2, 2012

  • Ana

    September 15, 2012

    • Kennedy

      I hope so Ana! Thanks for the map!

      September 15, 2012

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