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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails
Trails: Lincoln Woods Taril, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No problems, plenty of room for everyone at both Lincoln Woods and Old Bridle Path 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: My dog had a great time! Size wise her head comes up to just below my knee. She's 23 pound. I only had to help her up on one spot. 
Bugs
Bugs: Black flies are starting to come out. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Someone found a black (BD I think) ice axe. It had some rust so it was out there for a bit. He's going to post around so be on the lookout. 
 
Comments
Comments: Lincoln Woods to Osseo to the Ridge... first patch of snow at 2600', first significant stretch at 2700', total trail coverage at 3000' and I put my showshoes on at 3600'. My hiking weight (pack, water, etc.) was around 220 lbs (had extra water and food for Zoe). Lots of monorail and at 3600' I was doing a lot of sliding off the monorail and post holing frequently enough that I felt guilty. The other two with me didn't use snowshoes (they were less gravity challenged and were traveling lighter). One bare booted the entire way, the used spikes on and off. So... shoes to bare rock on Flume. I used them again between a section of Flume and Liberty. I bare booted the rest of the way after Liberty. Some patches of snow along the ridge but for the most part it's down to bare rock.

The stairs up Osseo for the most part are clear. Once above treeline much of the trail is clear of snow and ice although you'll find the odd patch every now and then. There's some slippery rock after The Green Leaf Hut.  
Name
Name: jazzkayak 
E-Mail
E-Mail: jazzkayak@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-05-05 
Link
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