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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 1, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Slush, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One blowdown (stepover) on lower OBP. A few between Little Haystack and Liberty Spring 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Crazy conditions, as if a rainy late March day (though it wasn't raining). Old Bridle Path was generally spring snow covered (not sticking to shoes) - I snowshoed, others used Micros. A few postholes from previous day. Greenleaf Trail I snowshoed up to treeline, then switched to Micros. Above treeline, alternating between spring snow, slush, blue ice, and bare rock. Micros helped us get up, but some may prefer crampons (and when this freezes, crampons may be essential). Similar between Lafayette and Lincoln - not enough snow to warrant snowshoe along the ridge from Lafayette to Little Haystack. Not as much ice from Lincoln to Little Haystack. Trail had seen minimal use from Little Haystack to Liberty Spring junction (some vague signs of a snowshoe track, but we seemed to be breaking it out - spring snow, sinking a few inches). Left a decent footbed if it dips below freezing. Kept snowshoes on from Liberty to Flume - some postholing from barebooters. A bit tricky heading off Flume back into the trees toward Osseo, due to exposed rock and blue ice. Kept snowshoes on along the ridge. Stairs were mostly bare with some blue ice and slush - probably best done in Micros. Lots of bare ground for an extended stretch below the stairs. Took off snowshoes at that point - maybe 2-3" of slushy snow from there to Lincoln Woods Trail. Lincoln Woods Trail was nicely packed spring snow all the way to the bridge - barebooting was fine this evening. Would probably avoid Osseo Trail until next snowstorm due to inconsistent conditions.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-01-01 
Link
Link: http://www.franklinsites.com/hikephotos/NewHampshire/mtlafayette-2011-0101.php 
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