We took two cars to enable the hike up Greenleaf (parking at Cannon Mt skiing) and return via either Old Bridle Path or Falling Waters (preferred). The day started sunny and at 10 deg F (even though calling it an alpine start was questionable due to the lateness). Greenleaf is a very nice trail below the Greenleaf Hut—my first time on it. By the time we reached the summit at noon, the clouds had moved in. From conversations en route, we heard that Falling Waters stream crossings were dismal, so we headed back via Old Bridle Path. The inset shows the area where some Falling Waters hikers bushwhacked to avoid the lower two stream crossings. Trip time was well over book time of 5.75 hrs, although I wouldn’t call the pace leisurely. Must have been all those Fuji picture taking stops. Quite a fun day; never got out of the teens for temperture. When I got back to the car and Steve had headed home, the temperature was 15 deg F. With no nice plans for Sunday, I decided to abandon the sleepover at Lafayette Campground and return home. I kept thinking of possible routes to Kinsman, Passaconaway, or Squam Range for Sunday, but I wasn’t psyched. I am hoping for some two-day hikes on some of the next few weekends. And I’ll hope for some more snow!
Summary: 7.8 miles to Mt Lafayette up via Greenleaf and down via Old Bridle Path, 3700′ elevation gain, 7 hrs (over book time!), Microspikes and crampons on well-packed trail with minimal wind above treeline.
–Fred (aka tarpman)