Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, Little Haystack Mountain, NH
Trails: Walker Brook Slide, bushwhack, Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: plenty of parking before 8am at the Falling Waters Trailhead - was overflowing mid-afternoon 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: trails had rock-hoppable water crossings; the streambed of Walker Brook and its ravine had quite a bit of water - flatter rocks weren't slippery. Once near the headwall, rocks FAR too slippery 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: no issues on maintained trails 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: tons on the ridge 
Bugs: NONE - YAY - even in the drainage/slide areas 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost my dark purple stainless steel water bottle (around 3/4 liter) - has a worn "AMC Ski Group" sticker on it - would like to have back for sentimental reasons :( Thanks John & Pepper for looking for it along the ridge between Lincoln & Lafayette!!!! 
Comments: Lincoln's Throat (attempt), Mt Lincoln, Mt Lafayette

Walker Brook Drainage/Slide bushwhack, Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail

Terrific day for this fun bushwhack. I was really hoping to hike up "Lincoln's Throat" - the box canyon around 4300' on the west side of Mt Lincoln without protection. Unfortunately, I got scared around 4200' when I reached a HUGE wet slab. My newly discovered mantra is "do not go up anything you cannot get back down!" I suppose I could have gone up the woods to the right but old (pre-TS Irene) intel told me I could get stuck up that way so I favored left/north of the slide. OK, so, I backed down the slide to around 4100' and headed up to the left of the slide. I could see evidence of others who have scrambled up in the moss.

The scramble up to the ridge was EXTREMELY challenging and thick, aka, TEDIOUS!!! I would rate it as just a little easier than Scar Ridge. Very steep, wet, and thick. Several times I ran into new wet slabs and had to pull/crawl up through moss I could not see the bottom of. At one point the only way up was via a narrow rock chimney - but I could see old foot marks (I assume) so I felt it was doable. Luckily no deadends. There was always a way up. Sometimes, I could not see my feet and fell through the moss - YIKES. Took maybe an hour to reach the ridge (only 600 vertical feet or so) from where I left the slide. Nice to reach the ridge!!! :)

Fun to run into John & Pepper along the ridge!!!! Once on the ridge - I emerged just a few hundred feet north of Mt Lincoln - I headed to Lafayette. At Lafayette I realized I lost my water bottle (which I had on Lincoln) so I went back to Lincoln and down via Falling Waters.

Terrific day!!!! :) I hope to snowboard this drainage next winter :)  
Name: Becca Munroe 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-06-04 
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