|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH|
||Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, September 14, 2013|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking lot almost full at 8 AM. Cars parked on both sides of the Parkway when we returned at 3PM.
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Water crossings were all higher than normal and required care to get across with dry feet. Eagle lakes was the only exception where entire trail was under water as were stepping stones. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails in very good condition despite the rain. Some minor mud but easily avoided. One large blow down, 2-3 ft dia) on OBP about 1-1 1/2 miles up from trail head. Been there a while as obvious by pass has been established. |
||Lots of canines out today and lot of water and mud for them to enjoy. All were very well behaved |
||Not today. |
|Lost and Found:
||Rain started as we pulled into the parking lot at 8AM and continued all the way up Falling Waters. Ridge was totally socked in all day and very breezy especially between Lincoln and Lafayette. Gusts were 25-30 mph with temps in mid 40's and WC in mid 20's. Visibility was maybe 100ft most of the way and less on Lafayette. Constant drizzle on ridge and in clouds with occasional momentary blast of sleet. Serious hypothermia conditions on ridge today and lots ill prepared folks braving it. Hope everyone got down safe.|
Greenleaf Hut was standing room only and like a sauna with all the wet bodies. Lots of care needed descending a wet OBP today and sure Falling Waters was likely even worse. Flag was up at 12 PM when we were on Lafayette and crew for Lincoln flag was arriving at Lincoln just as we departed about 11:30 so quite sure they got their flag up too. Congratulations to both Flag crews on this less than spectacular day.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.