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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The usual wide open spaces. NH DOT people around. Road work on I93 starts on the 22nd. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problems. We were asked by many who came OBP how the FWTs waters were and I said they were no problem but if someone is postholing then they could have a problem and make it so for others. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: 4 or so stepovers on the FWT, 4 or so recent step/walk arounds on OBP, the one walk around full of postholes. Rare to have branches in face.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The mighty tough little dog has been finding it very easy lately and today it was again. He pretty much could go where he wanted above treeline and he could run free to Lafayette. He is going to miss this winter. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Passed one person up FWT over to Lafeyette for lunch. A couple of guys and then Georg appeared. A great guy to meet on the trails. He shot down from Lafayette in his microspikes like a mountain goat. I want two more teeth on each microspike heel before I try that. At the hut and below there were many people coming up; I saw 2 in skis, 1 in crampons, and the rest in microspikes. I microspiked the whole day getting done early enough that the trail was always solid. But there are lots of postholes on the sides of FWT in the lower half, and some for OBP, and I figure it could be a posthole mess soon. Trails look to be at a tipping point and how they are used in the afternoon could bring significant changes. Just a hint of a monorail on the FWT. FWT packed snowshoe width trail until high up then a narrower boot path due to recent snow. On ridge some drifted and icy but mostly wind packed now around Lafayette and a mix of snow and bare between Lincoln and Haystack. Barebootable. OBP snow and some ice above treeline and mostly boot trail until down off ridge. Traction if going down from Lafayette helpful. Wind quite strong in a few places on ridge, otherwise not a factor. Not as nice as our hike just after the Equinox last year when there was no wind and a fun companion, but it was great way to take off from work.  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-03-17 
Link
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