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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, Liberty Spring Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, April 15, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock Hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trimmed some low branches between haystack and liberty. A few blowdowns along this section as well - but hard to tell exactly where the trail is so we just walked around. One duck under between Liberty and Flume. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Kali had a blast! 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Gorgeous day on Franconia Ridge! Enjoyed hard-packed trails to start - used light traction to the hut with only minor balling. Above the hut and across to little Haystack, found 3-5" of fresh snow and some drifting. Stayed with light traction. The snowfield below the Lafayette summit required a little care but was passable in microspikes. May require a little more caution if descending. From little Haystack to Liberty Springs junction had not seen traffic since last snowfall. Switched to snowshoes shortly after the steeps - snow was quite soft and sticky and still very deep up on the ridge. Kept snowshoes on for Liberty and Flume out n back. On the Liberty Springs descent, took off snowshoes for some fantastic boot glissading! Trail below Flume Slide junction is getting bare and the bushwhack down to the bike path is getting lots of travel.

Last day of our vacation - and a perfect spring day to get above treeline! Nice to meet Keith and see some of the work happening at the hut. Also great to see Charlie and Nancy on Lafayette and then run into Kevin and Lou near Lincoln. Everyone was all smiles today!!!
Thanks to Heather & Kali for an awesome hike.

 
Name
Name: Jeff & Karine 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-04-15 
Link
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