Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, North Lafayette, NH
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Skookumchuck Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Drifts, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Significant, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Many of the slabs around, and rocks in the crossing were iced over 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't seem to be having any issues. Many dogs out with good and responsible owners, but some dogs were allowed to roam on rare alpine vegatation for a long time. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A pair of hikers and their two dogs were roaming around the north side of the Lafayette cone OFF trail in circles, in one microspike each, for twenty minutes. I hope they found what they were looking for, other than a lot of trampled rare alpine vegatation! I'm no greenie Obamunist, but it was upsetting even to me!  
Comments: Falling Waters trail down low didn't have much ice, except on the slabs around the waterfalls and crossings, the last two prompted us to put on micropsikes. They came off after, and we barebooted past the shining rock spur without much trouble avoiding ice. For the last .3 miles though microspikes were essential, as there were some big blue ice bulges. The ridge was mostly dry, with some avoidable ice. Put microspikes to descend the Garfield Ridge trail off the north side of Lafayette--consistent snow coverage with some drifts and some hard ice sheets. It is north facing so not melted out as much. Kept the spikes on for half to Skookumchuck, which had a few inches of snow and ice. I found the trail to be pleasant with easy grades and dirt footing, first time on it, but my companion for the day said he'll never go on it again out of boredom.

Many people out. Winds lighter than forecast, only below 10 mph. Another stellar above treeline day!  
Name: John in NH 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-11-17 
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