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Massachusetts & New Hampshire - Mt. Lafayette & Franconia Ridge Loop

This Hike is a multi-state Girls Who Hike event led by GWHMA Ambassador Kelsey Kushlan and GWHNH Ambassadors Haley Kato Heinrich and Victoria Weigold!
The first 10 members to arrive will receive special Girls Who Hike giveaways!

Trail Rating: This is a black hike on the GWH scale – It is over 8 miles and has elevation gain of over 3,800 feet. Experienced hikers only!
Mount Lafayette via Franconia Ridge Trail Loop
Date: June 10th, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM (depending on pace the hike takes approximately 4.5 and 6.5 hours based on Alltrails recordings)
Distance: 8.5 Miles
EG: 3,805 feet
Location: Meet at Trailhead Parking, Franconia, NH 03580,+Franconia,+NH+03580/@44.1419387,-71.6833461,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4cb47dd104a1bb5b:0x81e9a7aeb5666023!8m2!3d44.1419387!4d-71.6811574
Dogs: Yes
Permits / Passes: Must respond yes on Facebook event 24 hours prior to the hike
AllTrails Track: (Loop)
Kids: No
Men: No

***As with all GWH events, you must sign the GWH waiver before attending – it takes less than a minute to sign, and once you’ve signed it once you’re good to go for all future meetups***

To complete this hike, you must bring your own water and trail map (we will do a check at the trailhead of each participant). I highly recommend bringing electrolytes, snacks, at least 2 L of water, and your 10 essentials

Since we’ll be at a high altitude, please make sure you bring aspirin or another headache soother, electrolytes, extra water, and I recommend bringing something to help you with nausea – you never know!

This hike is open to experienced hikers only! Due to the length of the hike, it is likely that we will split into 2 or more groups based on pacing. You can also meet up with us at the trailhead and then hike at your own pace if you would prefer. Ideally we would all still meet at one one or more of the summits for a group photo or relaxing hang out but we will determine that at the trailhead prior to starting the hike. You have a few several weeks to train up for this hike but if you are at all concerned about your ability to complete this hike, I would recommend an alternative hike such as Mount Willard (

Any updates will be posted on the event thread via the pinned post, and we will update the event description if anything changes!