This small waterfall is within a 1/2 mile of the trailhead....
Despite the temperatures being in the low 40's (f) overnight and still remaining very cool for August, it didn't take long to work up a good sweat! But, after just under 3 miles of steady climbing that "sweat equity" began to pay dividends, as the next 2 miles of trail are above tree line along the spectacular Franconia Ridge, which passes over Mts. Lincoln (5069') and Lafayette (5260').The view of Cannon Mtn., just as we broke above the tree line.
Looking west at the peaks of South Kinsman Mtn (left) and North Kinsman (center) and Lonesome Lake (about dead center).
Looking northwest down onto Cannon Mtn. , I 93 can be seen left just below center.
Looking east, the Presidental Range (far horizon), "The Bonds" (next middle ridge line) and the north "slope" of Owl's Head (the low closest ridge).
The view south from Mt. Lincoln, the trail "follows" the ridge, the two cone shaped peaks are Mts. Flume (L) and Liberty (R), you can see a little of the upper slopes of Loon Mtn. Ski area between the two.
Not only is this area extremely popular for hikers, but sailplanes can been seen riding the ridge lift and thermals off these mountains.
The plane below cruised by below eye level, at close range too close in fact to get a digi-bin shot, but a I got a few shots once the aircraft was further out.
Of course the magnification of digi-bin shot makes this glider look as if its more precariously positioned than it really was.
It appears if these folks may soon meet accidentally but, the sail plane was soon soaring over the summit in a thermal (below).
Hikers and pilot enjoying the summit of Mt. Lafayette.
While the pilots work their sailplanes with skill and precision, they are no match for the Raven. The above bird nearly landed on our heads, so we were told be a near by hiker, the ski slopes of Cannon Mountain are way below.
To complete the "loop" one hikes down the Bridle Path Trail from Lafayette back to the trailhead to complete the "loop" which is just under 9.0 miles. The AMC Green leaf Hut is just off the Bridle Path Trail and is well worth a visit for fresh water or a snack. This loop can be hiked from either direction.
A nice sunset , back at the Water Rest Campground at the days end.