After taking a day off to rest my aching knees, I ascended the Liberty Springs Trail (AT) on Monday morning (8/18). Although it's a steep climb the trail is pretty well-graded so it's not too bad (plus there's a drink of delicious White Mt water waiting at the spring).
From there I finished the climb onto Franconia Ridge, one of the most popular and dramatic areas of the Whites. It's crowned by Mt Lafayette, at over 5000' the tallest peak in this area of the park. Almost as dramatic as the peak is the entire ridge walk which goes above treeline and follows a narrow spine of rock at the summits.
|Looking south to Mt. Liberty and Mt. Flume|
|Looking west across the notch to Cannon cliffs|
|View of Mt Lincoln from the south|
|The AT following the rock spine of the ridge|
Just as quickly as the weather deteriorated on Monday, things reversed into a gorgeous morning Tuesday. I hiked past another hut (Galehead) and steeply up South Twin mountain for my first grand view of the Presidential Range to the northeast.
|Mt Washington from the SW, shrouded in clouds|
|Franconia Ridge from South Twin|
|Mt Zealand (notice small white speck to right--the hut)|