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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, January 10, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot plowed well 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossing on Falling Waters Trail were all safe yesterday. No concerns crossing at any point on the trail. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail in good shape. When conditions deteriorated, carins were difficult to locate heading down OBP at the top. However, the whiteout did not help..... 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Sending Frankie Ridge with my daughter in tough conditions was incredible. Early wake up and drive got us on the trail by 5:45. Geared up with new boots and crampons (new REI rental in NoCo), they were the perfect match for trail conditions. Trail broken 2/3's way up FWT, then fresh powder in marsh mellow land. As soon as we entered the alpine zone from FWT, the wind made the experience very real, very fast. Temps in single digits with 40-50 sustained and there were points on the ridge traverse the we had a couple gusts likely 70-80 almost knocking each of us over, crampons and poles were absolutely necessary yesterday. Across the ridge was generally easy to navigate and included several areas to duck out of the winds. The Ridge crossing yesterday was without a doubt the most trying conditions either of us have been in, but never to much for to long>not for the faint of heart. After veering off OBP just after summit, we got back on track to Greenleaf Hut and finishing down the OBP. I would not have believed we would have been out for 9 hours for 9-10 miles but conditions had us moving slowly through many sections of the snow. This is a spectacular loop in the winter, very different with winter conditions and no people on the trail.  
Name
Name: TB 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-11 
Link
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