Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, herd path, bike path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lafayette (east side of 93) bare pavement. West side of 93 had some ice and the lot for Lonesome Lake, Kinsmans had some significant ruts which may be an issue with low clearance vehicles as well as some ice. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings on Liberty Spring Tr. open but very low water levels for easy rock hop or walk through. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Took out a large sized branch between Little Haystack and Liberty Spring Tr. jct.. This section of trail is a wonderful walk now being brushed out nicely and a wide path through. No issues elsewhere. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One seen today. Believe it was with the 2 hikers doing a 4 day pemi loop with Garfield TS to Guyot planned tomorrow. Good luck with the weather guys. Lots of ice to deal with at this time near Lafayette, Lincoln and Liberty. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Chose to go up Old Bridle/Greenleaf and down Liberty Spring and was glad I did as I believe the ice may have been much more difficult to deal with in the opposite direction. Used sharp Katoohla microspikes all day (almost overmatched in the Lafayette/Lincoln area); crampons would've been better if going down Greenleaf/Old Bridle. Enough steps on Liberty Spring so that the micros worked well on the ice going down. Strange to go from the crowds on Isolation Saturday to the solitude of Franconia Ridge on Tuesday. Only 8 hikers met (none after K and a Quebec couple) near Lincoln. The Basin bushwhack I used followed an old road further north and then dropped fairly steeply right to the outhouses at the Basin parking. Don't know if saved any time but it made my bike path walk a little shorter. Turned into a nice day in the afternoon. Hopefully tomorrow will improve the trails rather than destroying them.  
Name: franco 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-02-02 
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