Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Garfield , NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Franconia Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at Lincoln Woods after paying the $3. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Most were easy rock hops. Twin Brook required stepping on a submerged rock and Redrock Brook required a leap of faith. I saw two others who prefered to take off their shoes and walk through. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Most trails were in good shape. There was one sizeable blowdown on Garfield Ridge Tr between the col and Mt Garfield. Franconia Brook Tr could use some spring cleanup. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Marlie completed a 5th round of the NH 48 on Mt Garfield! Despite the snow, most trails were dog friendly. Garfield Ridge may be difficult for some. Plenty of water with all of the melting snow. 
Bugs: None today. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I lost my camera near the start of the Osseo Tr. I mentioned it to a couple hikers that were headed down that way hoping they would find it before someone else. When I returned 11 hours later it was laying on the ground exactly where I thought it would be.  
Comments: Marlie need 5 more peaks to finish a fifth round of 4ks and I wanted to redline the upper couple miles of Franconia Brook Tr. What better way to do it than a half Pemi Loop. I knew there was fresh snow but didn't realize there would be a consistent four inches of heavy sticky snow starting at the wooden steps on the Osseo Tr and continuing until the upper junction of the Franconia Brook Tr. This made progress a little slower than expected and at times it felt like it was raining in the trees due to the snowmelt. The ridge went from bare ground to knee deep drifts in a couple spots. I barebooted the whole way as I didn't think my microspikes would reach through the dense snow. Most of the ice was soft although covered and care was required when descending. I imagine most of this snow will be gone by the weekend. The walk out through the valley was very nice and my hidden can of IPA made the last part of Lincoln Woods Tr much better. Thanks Marlie for this excellent birthday hike!

25.2 mi. 6275' elev + 11 hr 50 min  
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-05-18 
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