Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: One car at 7:00 am, maybe 15 at 3:00. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Three crossings on Falling Waters Trail, all required thought and care but were doable with rock hoping. Water flow is high but not impossible. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Falling Waters Trail was fine from parking lot for first 45 minutes. There was a blow down at that point which I cleared as best I could. At 1 hour and 15 minutes the blowdowns started. Fortunately someone recently went through and did an excellent job cutting up many of the blowdowns, steps overs, etc. I was able to clear almost all the remainder. The blowdowns had extended for a half to three quarters of a mile . Thank you so much to whoever preceded me and helped clear the trail. Trail is very passable now - one or two blowdowns were too big to completely clear but you can duck under or step (crawl) over. Franconia Ridge was great. Old Bridle Path had a number of noticeable blowdowns (around 10 to 12). Some close to the Hut. A few had been partially cleared. I worked on the rest until I ran out of energy. Probably 90 to 95 percent of the trail is now clear. Some of the blowdowns were just too big to do anything with other then cut the limbs off the offending trees. There was intermittent ice on all trails but avoidable. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Old Bridle would be fine for dogs, not too sure about Falling Waters because of the cold, water crossings and periodic ice. Saw one dog on Old Bridle who did not seem to be having any issues and appeared content. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nothing 
Comments: The sun never made it out. When you are up on Franconia Ridge Trail you were above some clouds and below others. At 10:15 am it was beautiful looking at a number of the higher peaks rising above the surrounding sea of white clouds. At one point the sun almost made it out and you could see the sunlight reflect off the top of the clouds. Lovely. It was a cold day with a steady wind at the top. Saw maybe 18 other people on the trails. Enjoyable but tiring day. The plastic skeleton, dressed for Halloween, sitting quietly at the top of Lafayette, was memorable.  
Name: Bruce 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-07 
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