Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: lots of parking available today 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all crossings on falling waters are basically bridged. a couple require a little hop 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: all is good 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: vaya crushed it for the conditions 
Bugs: nada 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nada 
Comments: it was hard to stay off Lafayette all winter but it was worth it....Finished my single winter 48 on it today, and it was a doozy. there was an indent to follow most of the way on falling waters aside from some serious snow drifts in parts, the indent lasted until about 3800 feet and thats where whoever before me had enough and turned around. i finished the breaking of trail all the way to the ridge and it was deeeeeep. the ridge was insane today. very cold and a constant heavy wind with some pretty serious gusts. the ridge is a combo of bare rock and could probably get away with bare booting it to be honest but i just left my snowshoes on. i actually went back across the ridge and back down falling waters because the winds were howling up the mountain from the west and my goggles were iced over so i didn't want to go down lafayette in that head wind with all the snow and ice pelting me in the face. so we smoothed over what we broke out and then it came......the barebooting tracks from the top of the falls all the way back down.. someone followed our tracks for a while than bailed.....ill never understand the thinking of "we just received 30" of snow this week but bare boots should be fine" . ran into a few people at the start of falling waters and at the junction with old bridle i noticed it was all bare boot tracks....unbelievable. back at the truck there were about a dozen cars total so most went up old bridle for sure but i can only imagine what that trail looks like now....not to mention while my truck was warming up 3 kids hit the trail with work boots, sweatshirts, and jeans on??????? further proof that 93 needs to be re routed...easy accessibility is a dangerous thing... hopefully those boys turned around quickly... GAIA had it at 6:21 thanks to all that deep trail breaking. Ryan, Christina, and Vaya  
Name: R. Prudhomme 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-03-17 
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