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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: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Black, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Ice - Blue, Snow - Drifts, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: packed snow to start with a bony footbed then increased depth with pretty full coverage higher up on bridle path. good traction on all of the steeps.


greenleaf had wind packed crusty snow as well as some significant powder drifts to the ridge. minimal exposed ice. the tricky hard slope below the summit of lafayette could be comfortably be negotiated with aggressive snowshoes. much of the same on the ridge with crusty snow coverage and sections of fresh powder. snow got pretty sticky on the south facing slopes as the day went on.


between little haystack and liberty spring trail there was deep drifting to start then a sometimes visible old trough with anywhere from a few inches to over a foot of new powder depending how it was blown in. this is over a pretty solid base though i occasionally punched through a crusty undercoat.


the trail up liberty is well travelled then less so to flume. the osseo trail down from flume is in decent shape though it was a bit rough in spots from barebooting. the stairs were mostly covered with snow and we were able to carefully down climb that section with snowshoes. coverage dwindle on the descent with just a thin layer of packed powder over ice by the time you get to lincoln woods trail which had more of the same to the trailhead.



we wore snowshoes from the start on old bridle path until we hit the lincoln woods trail then microspikes to finish.



a beautiful day on the ridge. a cold start, but warm up high to the point it felt more like spring at times. little to no wind except early on the ascent of lafayette. really fantastic views and nice snow conditions. was great to be able to snowshoe almost the whole route. looking forward to more snow arriving tomorrow. thanks to cynthia for a nice hike.
 
Name
Name: bryan 
E-Mail
E-Mail: bryancuddihee@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-12-26 
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