|Dramatic views await atop Franconia Ridge. Photo: Marc Chalufour|
“There are few hikes as iconic, as scenic, or as justifiably popular as the ascent of 5,260-foot Mount Lafayette. The highest peak on the alpine prow of Franconia Ridge, it towers over Franconia Notch to the west and lords over the entirety of the Pemigewasset Wilderness to the east. Lafayette is also one of the most accessible “must-do” hikes in the White Mountains from points south, making it an excellent option for a day-trip from the Boston area."If you haven't yet checked off this life-lister of a hike, now is a great time to do it. Peak foliage is hitting the White Mountains this week, and the omnipresent crowds will markedly diminish now that Columbus Day weekend has passed.