Falling Waters-Franconia Ridge-Old Bridle Path
Steve Bussolari, Charlie Abert, Fred Knight
2012 Jan 22

Gorgeous hike on a gorgeous day. Sunday was predicted to be beautiful, but we got a real treat with cloudless skies, little wind (none on Little Haystack), and easy going on the snow-padded trails. Charlie barebooted all the way; Steve and I wore microspikes; saw many snowshoed hikers on the ridge. Started out cool at 0815. The pictures tell the story.

Steve's report and track on EveryTrail

Summary: ~9 miles, 3000' rise, 6 hours total


--Fred (aka tarpman)


Panoramic 180-degree view from Little Haystack + Charlie
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FallingWatersCharliePanorama
Panoramic 360-degree view from Mt Lincoln + Steve
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FranconiaRidge Note: Photoshop failed on first image but hugin worked. Second constructed with Steve Smith's method in Photoshop: Photoshop>File>Automate>PhotoMerge... Auto, Blend, Vignette Removal, Geometric Distortion Correction.


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Lafayette Parking Lot
Lafayette Parking Lot
Charlie and Steve, well fed at 0811, ready, eager
Charlie emerging at the top of Falling Waters
Charlie emerging at the top of Falling Waters
We had a 2.5-hr ascent to Little Haystack---reaching a cloudless, windless vista of 360 degrees---simply gorgeous, snow everwhere
Charlie hoofing it.
Charlie hoofing it.
The views to all points were perfect.
Little Haystack summit
Little Haystack summit
Trail well packed all the way up; shirtsleeves in the sunlight
Crusty snow, easy footing
Crusty snow, easy footing
The
Wind patterns on snow
Wind patterns on snow
Only a few drifts, microspikes or bare boots fine
Little Haystack
Little Haystack
The path was well traveled.
Old Bridle Path, looking toward Lafayette
Old Bridle Path, looking toward Lafayette
Nearing the end of the ridge before final descent
Steve and Fred angled by the cameraman
Steve and Fred angled by the cameraman
Good time (1:20 for 2.9 miles) due to smooth packed snow with little ice