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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Tons at Lincoln Woods, and surprisingly plenty at Old Bridle Path lot too. Where was everyone on a day like this? 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None on this route except over the Lincoln Woods Bridge 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Old Bridle Path was in good shape, nice work on the lower 1/4 mile where all the Irene damage was last fall. Franconia Ridge Trail in good shape though it could use some TLC between Little Haystack and Liberty Springs Trail. One major blowdown near the Liberty Springs side that had a well-beaten herd path around it. Also quite overgrown in a few spots, could use some brushing. Couple blowdowns here and there on the route, none of consequence (mild step-overs) except the one mentioned above. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Not much water in the summer on this route (expect along Osseo), and the same is true now. Not even much snow to munch on. Rocky route, keep an eye on their feet but should not pose a major issue. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a half-full (of water) Gatorade bottle between Little Haystack and Liberty. Left the water, packed out the bottle. 
 
Comments
Comments: An absolutely gorgeous day to be above treeline with temps in the upper 20s with hardly any wind, and not a cloud in the sky. We saw maybe 18-20 people between Lafayette and Little Haystack, and 3 more after that (one shortly below Haystack, 2 on Liberty). Where was everyone? I expected 2-3 times that number, its not like we were that early to Falling Waters Trail (12:45). Those we saw all commented on how perfect the weather was.



Left a car at Lincoln Woods in the morning and hit the trail at Old Bridle Path, planning on either coming down Falling Waters, or if we felt up to it and were doing good on time, going all the way to Lincoln Woods. We went all the way, and why not? Awesome day out, Osseo was a nice descent aside from a few ledgy/steep pitches which were brief, made some seriously good time on that trail. Hit Lincoln Woods Trail before needing headlamps, where we kept score of trips over the railroad ties in the dark (ended tied at 4-4).



Congrats to HOSSinNH on 4 more checkmarks (28 now?) and thanks for the car spot for a trip I've been thinking about for about a year now. This was a good day!  
Name
Name: madmattd 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-11-18 
Link
Link: http://mattshikes.blogspot.com 
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