Franconia Ridge Fall TraverseA weekend of vibrant fall colors and unparalleled views

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
3 Days
3 Days
Intensity
7/10
18+
$625
$675 non-peak member
About the trip

Named one of World's Best Hikes by National Geographic, the Franconia Ridge Traverse offers stunning 360 degree views along its several miles of open ridge hiking. Our adventure will take us over five 4000'+ peaks and visiting the region in early October will mean some of the most stunning fall views in the country - on a weekend that often sees the peak foliage in New Hampshire.

You'll meet your guide at 6:45am on Saturday morning for a 7:00am departure. Then, you'll travel approximately 5.5 hours to Franconia Notch State Park with a chance to stop for lunch on the road. After dropping your gear off at camp in the afternoon, you'll take on a nearby hike to get warmed up for the next day's challenge. Your evening at camp will include a hearty meal cooked by your DO guide before you settle into bed.

On day two, you'll awake early to hit the trail. After a challenging ascent, you'll begin your hike along the Franconia Ridge. As you emerge above treeline, you'll begin several miles of open hiking with sweeping views of the vibrant fall colors around you. Today, you'll summit five peaks along your hike, including two over 5000' and three over 4000'. Your hike will end at Greenleaf Hut, a full service mountain lodge where you'll enjoy a hot meal before bed.

Our final day will begin with a full service breakfast to fuel up for our short hike out back down to our van. Our drive will include a stop for lunch before heading back home, with another fantastic weekend under your belt.

Your Guide
Jana Paremoud
Senior Guide
Northeast Regional Manager

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Level 7/10
The North Face2101 Broadway
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Itinerary

Drive to New Hampshire, Afternoon Hike

Meet your guide at 6:45 am for a 7:00 am departure to New Hampshire. The ride is about five and a half hours and you'll make stops for bathroom breaks and to purchase lunch. After arriving at camp, you'll be able to change into your hiking clothes and set out for a brief afternoon hike (approximately 3-4 miles). Dinner will be cooked at camp and you'll settle into bed early.

Franconia Ridge Traverse

After an early breakfast, you'll pack up and head to the trailhead which is a short drive away. The hike today will be approximately ten miles, traveling over Flume (4328'), Liberty (4439'), Little Haystack (4780'), Lincoln (5089'), and Lafayette (5249') Mountains. The initial ascent will be challenging, with lots of chances to stop. Once above treeline, the next several miles will be open and exposed, and of moderate difficulty. You'll arrive at Greenleaf Hut in time for a hot dinner. The evening will be spent in the shared bunkrooms of Greenleaf Hut.

Short Hike, Return to NYC

This morning, you'll be enjoy a leisurely breakfast. After a short 2.7 mile hike back down from the ridge, you'll begin your trip back to NYC. The group will make a stop for lunch on the way home and you should expect to be back in NYC by 8:30 PM.
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Tent (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Sleeping bag, rated 20 degrees or lower (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Sleeping pad (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Mid-sized pack, large enough to hold day 2 food, water, snacks, and gear for overnight at Greenleaf Hut (approx 35-50 L)
  • Basic first aid kit (band-aids, moleskin, etc)
  • Camp mess kit (bowl, mug, and utensil)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Balaclava or buff
  • Warm clothes for evenings at camp
  • Comfortable camp shoes
  • Camelbak bladder or water bottles (3 L capacity)
  • Toiletries
  • Money for meals on the road Saturday and Monday
Recommended Gear
  • Trekking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Bug Spray
  • Additional snacks
  • Camera

Lodging

Night one will be spent at a campground near our trailhead to allow for as early a start as possible. If you don't have your own backpacking tent, one can be rented for $60. Meals here are prepared by your DO guides and you'll enjoy some time around the fire before you settle into bed. Night two will be spent enjoying the comforts of Greenleaf Hut. We'll stay in shared bunk rooms, with mattresses and wool blankets provided. You will need to also bring your sleeping bag, toiletries, and headlamp. Bunkrooms are not heated and do not have electricity. The hut has cold running water and toilets in washrooms for guests. Hot dinner and breakfast are served on-site and can account for any dietary restrictions.

   

Weather

Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.

Drive to Meet

Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll receive directions to the trailhead by the Thursday before your trip. You can also contact our office at 212-579-4568 or [email protected] for more information.

Intensity

DIFFICULTY

​This trip is rated a 7 out of 10 (difficult) and is for fit individuals with hiking experience only.

SUMMIT STATISTICS

Total Trail Miles: Approximately 17 total

Total Elevation Change: 10,000 Feet

Dates and Prices

The right trip,
at the right time.

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Saturday
Oct 12, 2019
Sunday
Oct 14, 2018
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$625

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