|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Flume. Mt. Liberty, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Garfield, Galehad Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail, herd path|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 18, 2014|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Haystack Road closed. Limited room at end of Little River Road. |
||Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Water only on North Twin Trail where all tributaries and the 3rd crossing of Little River are open. Water at the 3rd crossing is generally low and we could "rock-hop" across. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The herdpath from Little Haystack Road to Little River Road has been cleaned up recently and is now very nice.
A measuring stick/marker of some sort is placed approximately halfway between 3rd crossing at Little River and North Twin summit. As we stopped to explore we were startled by flash-photography. Clearly there is a trail-camera of some sort in the area. |
||Generally, very good trail conditions for canines although snow-covered ice is a challenge on almost all trails. The exception is Garfield Ridge trail where 1) the descent from Mt. Lafayette has deep snow and drifts with very awkward footing in places - and ice underneath is not easy to detect and 2) the steep section around Garfield Ridge Campsite is - not surprisingly - very icy and pretty tricky to navigate - for humans as well.
Finally, 3rd crossing of Little River will be difficult to cross for dogs without getting wet. |
|Lost and Found:
||LOST: Small black camera bag (no camera in it) and goggles in a white bag. Probably at Little River parking area or at South Twin summit. ||
||Most trails are broken out and have been covered in other trail reports. Generally, quite good footing for this season. The exception was Garfield Ridge trail which did not seem to have seen travel since the last rain-snow fall (except from Mt. Garfield summit to Garfield Pond and from the summit to Garfield Ridge Campsite). Cory and I had the pleasure of breaking it out but it is far from consolidated.|
Snowshoes could be used in some sections (e.g. North Twin spur) but the benefits are marginal.
Hi-light of our day was the meet with Pepper&John on Franconia Ridge. Thanks guys!
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.