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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Amazingly, there were already 40+ vehicles in the parking lot when I arrived at 12:45 pm; none when I returned at 9:00 pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Very high water crossings on Falling Waters Trail; difficult to avoid getting feet wet, and extremely slippery slabs 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I removed hundreds of branches and thin diameter trees broken at stump from Bridle Path and Falling Waters Trail. Several dozen larger tree blow downs remain, and will require many hours to remove. Many water bars clogged and not functioning. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a few  
Bugs
Bugs: MIA 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: NA 
 
Comments
Comments: Hardest that I have ever worked on the Franconia Ridge Loop. Saw dozens of hikers on their way down, many poorly equipped and asking stupid questions, like "how far is it to the parking lot?" and "does this trail lead to the parking lot?" Hiking down Falling Waters Trail while removing branches and blows downs in the dark was challenging, especially the water crossings. From what I could tell, none of the other 40+ hikers removed a single branch from the trails; complete freeloaders. :-(  
Name
Name: HFKA Dr D 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-10-31 
Link
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