|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Lafayette, NH|
||Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, January 22, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Upper parking lot nicely plowed. |
||Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Don't remember stepping over or ducking under anything. |
|Lost and Found:
||Monorail was pretty good up to hut. Couple inches of loose unconsolidated on top. On steeper parts, like narrow eroded steep parts, there was maybe 3" or 4" unconsolidated. Comfortable in snowshoes all the way to hut.|
Beyond hut, trail narrowed and got choppy with unconsolidated snow. Between me and a couple others that came thru with shoes on, it's wider now and more packed than it was.
Once you get above treeline and the wind picks up, the trail gets pretty bony. I went to spikes, and it was a good decision.
I had read about this ice flow prone area just beneath the summit and found I didn't need to go to crampons for that, spikes were fine. Though I did take more care for a few moments there. Where I couldn't find a cairn, I could either find a footprint or the placed-rock sides of the trail path.
Wind got quite a bit stronger as I reached the final summit, and felt stronger on the way back down to treeline, maybe just because it was no longer on my back.
I really would have liked to pick off Lincoln and do the loop, but hiking solo in the winter, I prefer out and backs. Because I know the way back will work. Because I've already seen it. I don't like spending the whole hike wondering if I got an actual escape route or not. (Cause 'not' means you be dead, dude! Don't be dead, dude!)
#30 and an awesome one, too!!
||Steve Marion |
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.