Hailing from Connecticut, our most recent guest, Juliane, requested multiple days of hiking starting with a classic Franconia Ridge loop. On assignment for this — now that he’s back from his trip to France and Italy — was Redline Guide Jeffery Shutak. Jeffrey wanted to make a good impression on Juliane’s first tour with us and first visit to the state so naturally he found a moose alongside the Kancamagus Highway on the way to the trailhead. A good omen? Well, so far so good.
Day One: Franconia Ridge Loop
Jeffrey reported a moderate to relaxed pace over their nearly ten-mile, 4100-foot day. Juliane is a strong hiker with great cardio so nothing was keeping her back, despite her wearing a rather sturdy knee brace. They encountered only twenty people or so all day, Jeffrey added. For those in the know, this is pretty uncommon in the non-winter months. Being a weekday certainly helped out immensely. Juliane was very impressed with the route as well as the scenery. It stands to reason. This hike, after all, is a top-rated classic. They finished the day by taking the short cut that the “Hut Croo” use to hustle supplies up — she loved that. Here are some photos by Jeffrey that sort of sum up the day.