|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Lafayette, NH|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, October 3, 2015|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at the Cannon tramway parking lot. There is a designated section for hikers (look for signs). |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No problems. Some of the drainages were flowing more on my way out. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One awkward waist-high blowdown. Take your pick depending on your height, over or under. Wish I had a saw to clear it. GT has no blazing that I noticed. Upper parts of the trail before the hut had running or standing water and slick rocks. |
||Sure! Saw a few. |
|Lost and Found:
||There was a tank top hanging on a tree at Eagle Pass. ||
||The weather forecast originally called for a so-so day, so I wasn't planning on anything with extensive views, but when it improved and I could see the ridge was in the clear, I opted for a climb up to Lafayette via a route away from the crowds.|
GT is a rocky, moderate ascent pretty much the whole way, traveling through wild Eagle Pass, with its impressive cliffs. The last time I was here was in winter, where we turned back due to trail breaking. Overall, this is a very quiet trail without the conga lines of Old Bridle Path. I saw no one between the trailhead and hut in the morning, and only a few people in the afternoon. Above the hut, it was more parade-like.
A gorgeous day on the summit, bluebird skies, cool temps and just a bit of wind. I stayed on top for about 45 minutes with the masses, observing the people and scenery and shooting photos. Crystal clear views down into the Pemi, just amazing. Lots of people doing the loop and passing over the summit.
The hike down was uneventful. The hut (which is open until 10/17) was mobbed, so I refilled water and headed back down the quiet GT. Afternoon light was much better for Eagle Pass, so I stopped there for a bit for some photos. Also noted the location of the bootleg/climber's trail up to Eagle Ridge from GT for future exploration.
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.