Summary: Greenleaf trail to Greenleaf hut and summit of Lafayette ...Lots of elevation gain. A rugged trail. Great views of cliffs. The trail is maintained well (easy to follow ... not a bushwhack) ... its just a rugged trail.
There is an AMC hut but it is closed in the winter and offers little shelter from the winds. I turned back 1/2 mile from summit due to weather.
Please keep in mind that the White Mountains of New Hampshire have some of the worst weather in the world. Only hike this mountain if you have the correct gear and common sense. This is the 6th highest mountain in NH and as such gets some brisk wind.
Trailhead: Park at the Canon Mountain Tramway parking lot where you see the 'hiker parking' sign. This is north of Lincoln NH on route 93 at the 'top' of Franconia Notch.
To get to the trailhead follow the road under the overpass and take a left up the northbound on-ramp. The trailhead will be on your right. Do not take the underpass on the bike trail which is down by the pond.
The USGS maps shows the trailhead in the wrong spot (or it was moved). I spent an hour searching for it and there are no signs saying 'trailhead this way'. (Lat:44.1607 Lon:-71.64457)
Trail Guides for Lafayette, Greenleaf trail:
AMC White Mountain Guide
by Appalachian Mountain Club (Appalachian Mountain Club)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: USFS Pemigewasset Ranger Station, Plymouth, (603)536-1310
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jon Willard, who has posted 54 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Robyn on 5/15/2007
I really loved this hike. We did it in February with fresh snow. Beautiful views from several areas. Proper gear was important. Did summit and well worth it. Trail was easy to follow and we actually saw several hikers on the trail. I can't wait to go back :) Thanks Josh for taking me along!!!
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