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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, October 27, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the Falling Waters/Old Bridle Path lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings on Falling Waters were doable, but a bit high, with rocks sometimes under water. My shoes were still wet from the prior day, so I ended up dunking them a couple of times, and wasn't really looking for a dry crossing.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Two blowdowns on Falling Waters, easy to get over. Trails in good shape otherwise. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a little one on Old Bridle Path with its humans, who had turned around because the water was too deep! 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: A perfect afternoon for a Franconia Ridge Loop, plus I'd never been up Falling Waters before, so why not. Trails wet down low from the rain, but snow started to appear around 3950', and was melting out of the trees when I came through. Reminiscences of Thursday's rain. Breaking treeline, I donned a jacket, hat, and gloves, and set out across the ridge. The clouds that had been hanging around on the drive up had cleared off, and the views were fantastic. Some minor drifted snow, and standing water with ice along the ridge. Sections of crusty ice on north facing aspects, was able to bareboot, but spikes might not have been overkill. I'd be wary going up there without traction tomorrow, as things might freeze up at elevation overnight. A great few hours on the loop, saw four people on the ridge itself, and probably 2 dozen otherwise.  
Name
Name: Bill Robichaud 
E-Mail
E-Mail: bill.robichaud@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-10-27 
Link
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