I've done several day hikes in the Whites this year. I don't expect to be alone by any means, but I've never seen crowds like this.
Garfield Trail to summit of Mount Garfield. The trail felt like a highway. There were nearly 30 people on the summit. It was a nice summer Saturday.
Ammanoosic Ravine Trail to Lakes of Clouds, the AT to Mt Washington, down via Jewell trail. I think i let someone by ever 5-10 minutes. The hut was full, even at cost of 150$ (!!) per person per night (weekend rate, non AMC member).
I didn't find many folk atop Mount Osceola.. but I went up there early in the summer.
Haven't had the gumption yet to go up Mount Lafayette. Maybe in early September.
So what are your impressions? Are more people out on the trails this year? If so, to me it's a double edged sword. I am happy they are out enjoying the mountains, just wish they didn't all come to the same places I do.