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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, bike path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, January 31, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room today at Lafayette Place 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easy, but the ice is very thin; so caution is advised 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several blowdowns on FRT between Falling Waters and Liberty Springs junctions; all navigated without great difficulty; in that section the substantial snow pack results in hiking in the canopy. Absent a lot of clipping, goggles are good eye protection 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Other than the 1.8 miles on Franconia Ridge between Falling Waters and Liberty Spring the trails were in perfect condition for spikes. That 1.8 mile section is not as well broken out, has boot prints usually not deeper than six inches, but with a few true post-holes. My snowshoes should have smoothed it out some. The old route that joins the Liberty Spring Trial .4 miles from its western terminus had been broken out.
(Thank you.) So I took that bypass to save some distance heading back to Lafayette Place. The Bike Path was a surprisingly pleasant end to the hike on a spectacular day on the ridge.  
Name
Name: Ed MacColl 
E-Mail
E-Mail: edmaccoll@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-31 
Link
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