|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH|
||Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, April 24, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Several blowdowns/leaners between Little Haystack and Liberty |
||A few flies out, including one that decided to take refuge in my ear. Sigh. |
|Lost and Found:
||A fun out-and-back to Flume via Old Bridle Path.|
Old Bridle Path: melted out a lot between the morning/afternoon. Still a narrow monorail up high, which as of ~4pm yesterday is becoming increasingly unstable in spots. Otherwise, bare trail down low. I used light traction but it's likely overkill for some.
Greenleaf Trail: monorail in the trees, bare rock above. No need for traction.
Franconia Ridge Trail (Lafayette to Little Haystack): a rock-hopping grand old time :)
Franconia Ridge Trail (Little Haystack to Liberty): I needed snowshoes almost immediately after dipping below treeline. The snowpack is deep - to the extent that a monorail isn't even visible yet. I was very comfortable in snowshoes and imagine this would be a difficult 1.9 miles without them! Another thing to note - the deep snowpack coupled with many blowdowns/leaners makes the trail difficult to follow if you're not familiar with it.
Franconia Ridge Trail (Liberty to Flume): solid monorail. I kept my snowshoes on, but the monorail is firm enough that light traction would work well, too.
Another gorgeous day to be up high. Lovely to bump into Sue while heading up Flume!
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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.