|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, NH|
||Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, Whitehouse Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, February 15, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at Lafayette Place |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Water crossings low |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Lots of blowdowns on Franconia Ridge trail between Little Haystack and Liberty |
||saw none |
|Lost and Found:
||Went up Old Bridle Path to Lafayette then across the Franconia Ridge trail to Liberty, retracing to Liberty Spring trial and hiking down and along the recreation trial back to Lafayette place. Snowshoes were helpful for the ascent to Lafayette, until just past the hut where microspikes were useful. Trail to Lafayette was ambiguous at times. Very high visibility day, we even got a clear view of Camels Hump and Mt Mansfield! Ridge was well packed to little haystack. |
Snowshoes were a necessity between Little Haystack and Liberty. We broke trial from Haystack to Liberty Spring. Lots of blowdowns on Liberty Spring to crawl under. We lost the trail for a bit about half a mile past Little Haystack because two blowdowns were blocking off the trail. We went about 50 yards off trail in an incorrect direction before backtracking and finding the proper path. There was a sold 5"of powder we tracked through on Liberty Springs.
Downhill on Liberty Springs and hiking back on the recreation trail were grueling. River crossings were low but slippery. Great day overall!
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.