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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Skookumchuck Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, September 16, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Ample parking in designated lot for Skookumchuck for 20+ cars. Sign for lot says “Trails Parking” at the end of US 3 just before you have to get on Interstate 93. Wonder if this is plowed in winter? 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock hopable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Three blow downs on Skookumchuck, none of which pose an issue. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: 4 cute canines having a nice time. No issues with crossing these trails. 
Bugs
Bugs: Ha! Later pests! Lower temps mean these guys are on the run. But apparently cobwebs continue... I ate them both up AND down the mountain. Seriously.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I was the only hiker on Skookumchuck until almost treeline. Met one hiker heading down from the Ridge at that point. Then plenty of people on Franconia Ridge, but not overly crowded. Cold temps with 30 mile per hour winds. At least the wind took out the clouds to permit some nice views in the afternoon.

Skookumchuck is well blazed in blue and looks promising for snowshoeing as the blazes are high on the trees. This is a lovely trail that climbs at a moderate grade through wicked nice woods. I mean really nice woods. I felt like a fairy might show up at any moment waving glitter dust and growing mushrooms in their wake! Good rock stairs aid the ascent and descent. Lots of water features at lower elevations.

The remainder of trails are well signed with good carins. I was able to find my way in limited visibility until the clouds cleared. So nice to be able to walk the ridge that I could only look at last winter from Liberty and Flume!

Of note, the majority of day hikers climbed up Falling Waters Trail. Seems like a lot of traffic for one trail when there are so many others to explore... The elevation gain was much less when coming from Skookumchuck.

Enjoy this phenomenal area and it’s views! Quite unique!  
Name
Name: Remington34 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-09-16 
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