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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: plenty of spaces today  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: crossings on Falling waters easily crossed today. Some stepping on submerged rocks but no problems at all 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: took out a blowdown above Shining Rock on Falling Waters 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: a few around..nothing biting ..remember..every one you kill now means 10000 less during the course of the season 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: sometimes good things come to those who wait. after very nice presi day sunday it was excellent to wrap up april peaks with a stellar day on Franconia Ridge. Put on spikes pretty low on Falling Waters and wore them to treeline on a pretty solid monorail. Crossings were all fine..one big step needed on the first one. Once to the ridge we marveled at the nice temps, light breeze , and decent if hazy views. Very little snow along the ridge..just a couple of pockets in the low points. Lingered on Lincoln for a bit then made the climb over to Lafayette on a mostly dry trail. Saw a couple of folks on the peak..a far cry from usual nice day crowds. Ice bulge just about gone, a pretty high monorail in the woods above the hut though solid. Below the hut the snow softened up quickly and we went back to spikes and spent much time on descent working on smashing up the monorail with some good boot skiing thrown in. Snow levels decreased rapidly below the Agonies and we took off the spikes there. We left the snowshoes behind today and at no point would they have been the preferred foot ware. As the deep snow on Falling Waters softens they might be a good option, especially for ascent. A very fine April day along the ridge with Jeff and Karine  
Name
Name: silverfox 
E-Mail
E-Mail: marktaub.metrocast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-04-30 
Link
Link: http:// 
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