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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, November 13, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parking lot partially plowed, but passable for nearly any vehicle.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings were passable, though I would not have made it out of most of them dry without the aid of light spiked traction and poles.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Still lingering blowdowns on the Falling Waters and Old Bridle Path. Seems like a lot has been done by handsaw already and is now mostly chainsaw worthy. Trails are all passable and limbs are taken care of, but there are some downed-tree hurdling to get through some of them.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Snow is present on all of the trails with ice patches. All are passable by dogs, though "booties" might help due to the snow and cold.  
Bugs
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a dark blue doggy winter style jacket adjacent to the Falling Waters Trail. Feel free to email patrick.hummel@nh.gov if you wish to claim it.  
 
Comments
Comments: Winter was in full force on the ridge yesterday. Light snow in the middle sections of the mountains with little to no new accumulation for the bottom half; snow is present on the ground though. Seems like the Ridge got about 1-2" of new snow, but the winds were pushing it around quite a bit. Some light drifts and other areas of exposed trail along the Franconia Ridge Trail. MicroSpikes/Hillsounds are more than adequate for traction. I would not recommend barebooting. Some sheets of ice hiding under thin snow layers, so you just need to be cautious.  
Name
Name: Patrick Hummel 
E-Mail
E-Mail: patrick.hummel@nh.gov 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-14 
Link
Link: http://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/Franconia-Notch-State-Park.aspx 
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