|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Garfield, Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, Zealand Mountain, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, Owl's Head, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, June 18, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The lot at Lincoln Woods was about 3/4 full at 6:45 in the morning. There were places available in the lot at midnight, but there were a lot of cars parked on the road. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Couldn't find a way to cross Franconia Brook or Lincoln Brook without getting my feet wet. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||There is a fresh blowdown with its top in the trail about 3/4 of a mile from the southern end of the Bondcliff Trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||It was a perfect day to be in the mountains. Saw a lot of fathers out with their children. |
Made it up to Franconia Ridge before it got too crowded. I only brought 1 liter of water to get me to the spring at the Garfield Ridge Campsite. That wasn't enough, and I was playing catchup up on my hydration for the rest of the day. Filled up again at Galehead Hut, Guyote Campsite, Black Brook and a few times from Lincoln Brook.
The Lincoln Brook Trail was wet and muddy, as usual.
I made the mistake of not bringing a fresh set of replacement batteries for my headlamp. The sun went down just after I reached the summit of Owl's Head. I turned my headlamp on for the descent, and it was fine until I made it to the lower Lincoln Brook crossing. I swapped out the batteries, but the replacements were low too. The trail was pretty smooth at that point, so I left the light on a low setting, and it got me back to the trailhead. There was still juice to spare, but it was a good lesson. In the future, I'll be sure that my replacement batteries are fresh.
||bill tidd |
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.