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: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot was 1/2 full at 8AM. WMNF volunteers had a tent set up and making sure hikers were prepared before setting up.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All are manageable on falling waters.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple on falling waters between Cloudland and Swiftwater Falls that we could get around at the other end. An evergreen on old bridle path about 500 yards before the sharp left turn up to Agony Ridge that we had squeezed through branches.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Old bridle is snow free up to 3400 ft,then snow covered with minor monorail...did not feel the need to use traction. From hut to Lafayette has spotty snow cover off and on...still did not feel the need to use traction. Ridge is snow free. As soon as we got off Haystack we hit a stable monorail where we felt MicroSpikes were essential. We kept them up to the sharp right turn with the small cascade. All the waterfalls were magnificent.

Descending Falling Waters early afternoon we were amazed how ill-prepared many were with sneakers, cotton and no traction. We had a couple groups asked us how much further was the Hut...LOL. We warned folks about the onset of steady snow/ice as they hiked up Falling Waters. When we finished at 3PM, the WMNF forest volunteers were gone. I'm not sure how long they stay but it seems to me they should probably set up a bit later and stay later. We found the hikers they were greeting at 8AM were actually the ones who were prepared versus the ones starting later in the day were not.
Name: RollingRock 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-19 
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