|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, South Tripyramid, NH|
||Livermore Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, December 27, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking lot open and plowed on account of Nordic skiers. Bathrooms are open. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Several open water crossings on the way out from the south slide back to Livermore. Rock hopped a couple of them and walked on some large fallen trees for others. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Livermore Trail was nicely groomed for the skiers in the morning. Upon turning off the ski area, the trail was super crusty and annoying to walk on. Snowshoes helped.|
The water crossing after the junction with the Tripyramid Trail to head to the north slide was not big deal. We got a little off course at one point, electing to take a higher route because the path the trail takes through a creek bed was a pain. Nevertheless, we got to the bottom of the slide and went up most of the narrow part in our snowshoes. In retrospect, we should've switched to crampons, but there wasn't a good transition point.
Where the slide begins to open up, we switched to crampons and got out our ice axes. We meandered our way up the slide reasonably easily—sticking to the right proved most fruitful. There was hard ice in places, but mostly we were walking on dust on crust. The slide isn't entirely filled in, so there are still some exposed rocks and vegetation. For anyone else doing this, I'd recommend wearing a helmet to protect you in case of a fall.
Friendly reminder that the trail veers off to the left of slide near the top, not directly running out of the top. We switched to snowshoes and achieved the summit of North. Probably should've switched to spikes, but we were lazy. Hit Middle and South, not too much to report there. Got down to the top of the south slide, which definitely had been affected by the sun. Not nearly as covered and the snow was much softer. We wore microspikes for the descent, which was non-notable, and kept the spikes on for the rest of the hike out.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.