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Park at the Lafayette Parking Lot or shuttle from the Highland Center Lodge to start today’s hike.
It’s just under three miles up the Old Bridle Path to Greenleaf Hut, and though the terrain is considered moderate it’s still enough to get your heart pumping.
The trail ascends steadily over sometimes rocky and uneven terrain, gaining a total of 2,500 feet (762 meters) along the way.
You’ll be treated to spectacular views of Walker Ravine and the Franconia Ridge, which comprises Mount Lafayette, Little Haystack Mountain and Mount Lincoln.
Estimates for total hiking time range anywhere from 1.5 to 5 hours, depending on your speed, with an average at just under 3 hours.
If you’re tough and have time, consider a quick hike to one of the nearby peaks.
Alternatively, take the longer Falling Waters Trail, which runs to Little Haystack, then Mount Lincoln and ends at Mount Lafayette. www.pygmy-elephant.com