|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Flume, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 22, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||There are a couple of hardwood blowdowns on the old railroad grade section before the switchbacks. Too low to duck under to high to jump over. I had my saw so I cut one out and made dent in another one so its step over. It will need attention as the snow melts. One "leaner" on FRT. Folks had bypassed but I cleaned out the branches to make it easy to go under |
|Lost and Found:
||As the other poster mentioned conditions varied. Lincoln Brook trail approach is packed frozen snow with a couple of inches of soft stuff on top. First half of Osseo prior to Switchbacks is bare ground in spots interspersed with long stretches of ice. Snow get significant at the start of the switchbacks. The underlying snow was solid in the AM and we used microspikes as there was no postholing. Heading up the steep ladders sections was a challenge, the recent snow is deep enough that getting to good solid stuff is difficult. My friend used MSRs, I used full crampons. Once at the top I put on snowshoes and used them to the summit and back to this point. Trail was in great shape above this point. After talking to a couple of locals from Ellsworth NH (a new town in NH to me), we turned around and headed down. Snow was definitely getting slushy. I switched back to crampons for the steep section while my friend used snowshoes. We both made it but the snowshoes were definitely a bit more dicey. I tried microspikes for awhile in the swtchback but switched to snowshoes as the crust was breaking down. When we hit long patched of bareground we dumped the snowshoes but when we got into the Hemlock sidehill section the entire width of the trail was wet ice. We worked around it and then barebooted the rest of the way. |
It quite surprising how much snow is packed in the woods. It going to take awhile to melt out the spots that don't get full sun. Its like the winters when I moved up in later eighties. The summits look like is February.
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