|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, Little Haystack Mountain, NH|
||Walker Brook Slide, bushwhack, Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, June 4, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||plenty of parking before 8am at the Falling Waters Trailhead - was overflowing mid-afternoon |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Significant |
|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:
||no issues on maintained trails |
||tons on the ridge |
||NONE - YAY - even in the drainage/slide areas |
|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!!!! ||
||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 :)
||Becca Munroe |
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.