Franconia Range

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Franconia Range
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Franconia Ridge viewed from Mount Lincoln, with the sharp peaks of Mount Flume (left) and Mount Liberty (right) visible behind the ridge.
Highest point
Peak Mount Lafayette
Elevation 5,249 ft (1,600 m)
Coordinates 44°9.65′N 71°38.68′W / 44.16083°N 71.64467°W / 44.16083; -71.64467
FRANCONIA RANGE Latitude and Longitude:

44°9.65′N 71°38.68′W / 44.16083°N 71.64467°W / 44.16083; -71.64467
Geography
Country United States
State New Hampshire
Parent range White Mountains, Appalachian Mountains
Borders on Twin Range and Kinsman Ridge

The Franconia Range is a mountain range located in the White Mountains of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. It is the second-highest range of peaks (after the Presidential Range) in the White Mountains.

Franconia Ridge is a prominent ridge which forms the backbone of the range, stringing together all of its major summits.

Summits

From north to south, the highest summits of the range include:

The summits marked with an asterisk (*) are included on the Appalachian Mountain Club's peak-bagging list of " Four-thousand footers" in New Hampshire.

Features

Stereoscopic image "Winter view in the Flume, Franconia Mts." by the Bierstadt Brothers

The Franconia Range hosts the third largest connected area of alpine tundra in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, only surpassed by the Presidential Range and the Katahdin massif. [2]

Approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km) along the crest of the ridge is in the alpine zone. This area runs from the treeline just below the summit of Little Haystack all the way to the treeline north of Mount Lafayette, and affords constant 360-degree views of the White Mountains. To the east of the ridge lies the rugged and uninhabited Pemigewasset Wilderness.

While Mount Liberty and Mount Flume are almost entirely forested, their summits rise just above the treeline, providing views of the area.[ citation needed]

Hiking

The Franconia Ridge Trail, which coincides with the Appalachian Trail from Mount Lafayette to Mount Liberty, traverses the ridge over all the aforementioned mountains.

One hike on the ridge is a 8.9 miles (14.3 km) loop involving the Falling Waters Trail, the Franconia Ridge Trail, the Greenleaf Trail, and the Old Bridle Path, which includes the majority of the above-treeline portion of the ridge. Known as the Franconia Ridge Loop [3] [4] or Franconia Ridge Traverse, [5] the loop is strenuous, with a cumulative gain of over 3,900 feet (1,200 m), and traverses the rocky cones of Little Haystack Mountain, Mount Lincoln, and Mount Lafayette.

Dangers

The exposed nature of the ridge and the changeable weather of the White Mountains make it a more dangerous hike than it may appear.[ original research?] Injuries and even fatalities from falls and exposure are not uncommon.[ citation needed] One man died after he and a companion were trapped February 11, 2008, by fast-moving winter weather. [6]


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