|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, Cannon Mountain, NH|
||Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, Hi-Cannon Trail, Lonesome Lake Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, May 18, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Arrived after 10 AM, both lots almost full |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||High, but manageable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Bare up to 3000 ft. Spotty afterwards, and consistent after 3300 ft, but stable monorail, especially with the mud mixed in with the snow. We packed our microspikes, but never felt the need to use them. Heavy traffic on the trail. At the parking lot, national forest volunteers were verifying that hikers were prepared, but yet, many seemed ill-equipped for the snow. Came down Greenleaf trail from the hut rather than take Old Bridle Path to avoid the masses. Much less usage meant the monorail was much less stable. Crossed two groups on Greenleaf below the hut, whereas must have crossed 50 groups on Falling Waters and the Ridge.|
Cannon lot to peak via Kinsman Ridge is in decent shape. Nice to get up there before they run the tram for the summer. Shared the lookout with one other group (which is usually shared with dozens of groups). High-speed decent down Hi-Cannon (dangerous idea), with some icy monorails down to ~3000 ft.
Overall, very pleasant day on the trail. This was our kick-off to the hiking season. Happy Trails.
||Paul Heron |
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.