Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, Little Haystack Mountain (attempt), NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 18, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lincoln Woods lot was not very busy today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None on today's route. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Minor blowdowns on Osseo. Franconia Ridge between junction with Liberty Springs and Little Haystack is a nightmare of significant blowdowns. "Jungle gym" patches of downed trees that are hard to get around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Only saw 3 today. No drama. 
Bugs: No issues today. Hardly noticed any, even when stopped. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Ascended via Osseo. No snow until the stairs. Then alternating sections of rotting monorail and bare ground. Most monorail on the shoulder south of Flume, woods section between Flume & Liberty, and woods section between Liberty and Little Haystack. Most folks were barebooting, but we opted to on/off/on/off with microspikes to make the nasty monorail bits easier to manage. Postholing and sliding off of monorail that was almost crotch high in places was the order of the day.

Hard to overstate how rough Franconia Ridge Trail is between Liberty and Little Haystack. Several complex, jungle gym, multi-tree blowdowns that really slowed down progress, especially when also dealing with rotting monorail. Our initial goal today was an out-n-back Lincoln Woods lot to Lafayette, but after fighting the monorail and blowdowns, we decided to turn around about 700 feet of vert under the Little Haystack summit - 8 miles in. You know...while we were still in a good mood.

More intel from many hikers who had overnighted in various spots around the Pemi loop. Waist deep snow in Twinway & Guyot areas from what we could tell - the hikers we spoke to were not locals, so we made some inferences. More complex blowdowns in the section above where we turned around in the col between Liberty and Little Haystack. But FRT beyond Little Haystack is clear from what we heard.  
Name: ecbanks 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-05-18 
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