Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, NH
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of parking midweek 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings required thought but were doable. The 1st going up/last coming down crossing on FWT was the most challenging and required wading in ankle deep water. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several blowdowns on FWT 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Perfect dog conditions. Nala and 3 others were very happy 
Bugs: Not yet  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Going up OBT, there were lots of patches of snow/ice but they were easy to straddle or walk through. There was also lots of mud. we barefooted. The snow/monorail became more consistent about a mile from the hut and we switched to Hillsounds. The ridge was dry so we barefooted across the ridge. The monorail appeared as soon as we came off of Haystack and entered the trees so we resumed wearing light traction. The monorail on FWT was longer than on OBT so we pretty much kept the spikes on until just before the lowest water crossing with a short period of taking them off and putting them back on. The monorail on FWT was mushy, narrow and collapsing at times. Lots of concentration needed and it was slow going. It was a beautiful day to be on the ridge but the conditions required adequate clothing for wind & cold as well as light traction and hiking poles. The guy who was rescued wasn't the only one who was poorly prepared. We saw quite a few people who were inadequately dressed and equipped. Some were lucky, he was not.  
Name: Elizabeth 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-09 
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