If you’ve been reading my blog at all over the last few days I’m sure you realized that my brother came up from Philadelphia to go hiking. I had a few posts about our short hike(s) on a trail that is just a few miles from my house. I haven’t said much about Saturday. That’s about to change :)
We got up bright and early (or actually still very dark and early) Saturday morning and drove up to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Specifically we went up to the Franconia Notch area and did the loop around Mt. Layfayette. The loop is about 8.9 miles (14.3 km). The top of Lafayette is around 3000 feet (915 m) above the trail head and the total climb (since there are several peaks in the loop) is about 3900 feet (1190 m). It is not an easy trail, but it is a fun one.
We went up the Old Bridle Path trail, by the Green Leaf Hut to the summit, along Franconia Ridge and then down the Falling Water Trail. The Old Bridle Path trail is not as steep as Falling Water and has a lot of great views. It also takes you straight to the top of Layfayette, the biggest peak on the ridge. If you go up Falling Water, it is steeper (good (less chance of falling) and bad (think about it ;) )) and gets you to the ridge line much quicker, but you are in the shadows when you pass the gorgeous waterfalls. I like going up both ways. Either way, this is my favorite hike bar none.
The weather was gorgeous. It was very warm for mid November and there were a lot of hikers, perhaps the most I’ve ever sen on that mountain, everyone coming out for one last climb before winter. Overall it was a great hike. Oh, there was a mishap or two (like falling off of a cliff….) but I’ll save those for non-smile occasions ;) With stops, lunch, rests, recoveries, etc,. included, we did the hike in about 7 hours. Not my fastest time, but why race when surrounded by such beauty?
I’ll most likely write more about the mountain and the hike another time after I’ve had a chance to go through all of the photos. I obviously took quiet a few :) But this is enough for a smile post :)
It is always nice to visit with my brother. So that part was, of course, very good. But was doubly nice to do this hike, one I haven’t done in years.
So that was my smile for this week, doing a “big mountain” hike with my brother.
What made you smile this week?
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