|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH|
||Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, November 21, 2012|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at the trailhead. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Brook crossings on the Falling Waters Trail accomplished by careful selection of dry surface rocks or submerged rocks to avoid slipping on the ice covered rocks. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails in good condition. The section near the trailhead has been rebuilt as a result of Irene damage. |
||Saw one dog who seemed do be managing well on the ridge. Don't know how the dog fared on the icy sections of the trails below the ridge. |
|Lost and Found:
||Much of the trailways were dry however there were some significant sections choked with ice. Most notably there was lots of ice on the Falling Waters Trail just below the tree line, the Greenleaf Trail for about the lowest third of the Lafayette summit cone to the hut, and on the upper portion of the Old Bridal Path from the Forest Protection Area sign to the hut. I was able to bare boot over the ice section on ascent using care on foot placement. On descent I used the microspikes to gain adequate traction. Slipped on the hardened snow/ice pack on the Greenleaf Trail before I put on the traction. The ridge trail was generally dry with only small amounts of ice and snow which were easily avoided.|
There were about a dozen hikers on the trail today including Hiker Ed, a family from Easton, four guys from Quebec, and an AT hiker heading south.
Great hike before Thanksging with spectacular views.
||WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.