|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH|
||Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, herd path, bike path|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 5, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of Parking at Lafayette Place |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All easily rock hopped |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few between Little Haystack and Flume |
||Great conditions for Toby and Dylan. Saw many other happy pups out there |
|Lost and Found:
||Old Bridle Path: Nice and packed. No need for snowshoes, though one could use them if desired|
Greenleaf Trail from the hut to Lafayette: A mix of ice and snow. The snowfield just below the summit is firm and a bit icy. The dogs and I were fine going up in Hillsounds, but can see how traction would be preferred (especially if coming down that way)
Franconia Ridge Trail from Lafayette to Little Haystack: A mix of ice and snow. Light traction is best; there isn't quite enough snow to snowshoe comfortably
Franconia Ridge Trail from Little Haystack to Liberty: You'll need snowshoes. Currently, there's a very nice track but it's not yet packed down. Let's firm it up a little more!
Franconia Ridge Trail from Liberty to Flume: I wore snowshoes as the footbed isn't super firm yet, though the majority of people I saw were in spikes. One can get away with spikes, but the trail would be so much lovelier if a few more folks packed it down over the next couple days
Liberty Springs Trail: Smooth highway. In beautiful shape
Franconia Notch Recreation Path: All packed out thanks to snowmobile traffic
A beautiful, windless day up on the ridge made even more special thanks to bumping into many friends. Conditions were excellent for dogs, and my two had a blast.
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.