|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH|
||Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, February 1, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||No problem at FW/OBP lot @ 7 AM. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Light Traction, Traction, Snowshoes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Major crossings on Falling Waters Trail were ice bridged today. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Mo major issues. |
||Saw a few enjoying the day. |
|Lost and Found:
||Falling Waters Trail was fine for spikes this morning. Once onto Franconia Ridge Trail conditions were a mixed bag of boney with some exposed rocks, hard pack or minor drifting. Descending Greenleaf Trail to hut was surprisingly soft. First mile descending OBP was also soft but transitioned into hard pack the rest of the way to the lot.|
I wore Hillsound Spikes the entire day but they were not ideal coming off of Lafayette. I saw some folks ascending above the hut wearing snowshoes and crampons - either of which would have been better than spikes. Since trails were getting a bit soft and choppy as the day progressed and with relatively warm weather in the forecast I would be inclined take snowshoes - and wear them when needed - in coming days.
It was an incredible day on the ridge: even with clouds obscuring most views there was very little wind (which transitioned to zero) and comfy temps for the first day of February. Lots of people out enjoying the day - DMB's Ants Marching popped into my head while looking at Lafayette from the hut :) Nice to chat with a couple of others throughout the trek also.
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.