My original plans for Memorial Day involved a 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, but cold temps and rainy weather caused me to check down to doing some day hiking. After some warm up hikes in the rain and sleet the days before, we awoke Monday to clear skies and a good 8 inches of snow had fallen above 3500ft. We set off to hike up Mount Lafayette, a 5,249-foot mountain at the northern end of the Franconia Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We took the Old Bridle Path, which was in decent shape. We encountered one blow down below Greenleaf hut, but other than that the trail was clear. As the temperature rose, the snow began to melt, fast! We stopped for a break at the hut, and then set out on the soggy trail to climb the last ~1,000 feet to the summit. I brought a new toy with me on this hike, a Prism Stowaway Diamond Kite!
It took a bit of work, but it did fly, and survived the few times when the winds smashed it back to the ridge as well. Clear skies and good company, it was a great hike!
Distance: 7.86 mi
Avg Speed: 1.0 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,747 ft