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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Owl's Head, Mt. Garfield, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Path, Franconia Brook Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: If you want to get a parking spot on the weekend in the actual parking lot for Old Bridle Path and Falling Waters get there before the crowds swarm the mountain. Probably before 9am 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All water crossing were low and rock hop-able 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There's been some decent work done on the Lincoln Brook Trail past the height of land! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: These trails and the slide would be navigated easily by most experienced hiking pooches! 
Bugs
Bugs: none! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf, Franconia Ridge, Falling waters are all in great shape. The slide below Mount Truman / Lincoln I jumped on it by heading off trail on rocks and an old beaten path (sort of) just below the summit cone of Mount Truman (North Lincoln) coming from Mount Lafayette. Relatively easy to get to slide, just had to hop down a rock between some thick six foot scrub for about twenty feet before popping out on the top of the slide. The slide is easy to navigate with common sense, it's loose gravel with rocks and boulders. The slide narrows into a drainage which becomes more rock than gravel and turns into a stream. I just followed the stream, heading onto the banks in some thick and open woods when needed but kept the stream close by and always returned to it when possible. When the stream leveled out the woods along it opened up and made for some great hiking. From here the embankment became steeper again and the stream found its way to the Lincoln Brook. I eventually dropped back down, crossed the brook and headed up an embankment on the other side and was on the Lincoln Brook Trail within five minutes. The Lincoln Brook Trail is easier to follow than what most people think and have reported second hand, just pay attention and you can't loose the trail, it's actually in pretty good shape, no blazes but the tread even with the fallen leaves was not hard to follow and it wasn't too muddy either. Owl's Head Path is marked by a cairn, some tape, and a pink glove, can't miss it, even when that tape becomes removed the cairn will still be easily viewable. The top of Owl's head has a few paths from the old to the new summit, but is not hard to get back and forth, just pay attention and you should be fine. Franconia Brook Trail is a beautiful trail from 13 falls to the Garfield Ridge Trail, it's in decent shape, wet in spots but easy to follow. Garfield Ridge Trail is up and down, steep in spots, the usual!  
Name
Name: Chris 
E-Mail
E-Mail: cdailey@hpearce.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-10-02 
Link
Link: https://dailey7779.blogspot.com/2013/10/owls-headfrom-franconia-notch-lafayette.html 
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