|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Garfield, Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, Zealand Spur, West Bond Spur, Bondcliff Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, March 3, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lincoln Woods parking lot is a slushy, icy mess. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Blowdowns galore on the trail-breaking sections (Liberty-Little Haystack, Garfield Ridge, South Twin-Guyot). A couple blowdowns across the trail towards the end of Lincoln Woods, really demoralizing to have to crouch under when you're cruising out. |
|Lost and Found:
||Found: a thick wool hat in between Guyot and Zealand, red on inside and Norwegian sweater pattern on outside. Wore it on my way out and would be glad to return it to the owner with my gratitude. The trail provides.
Lost: my sanity descending Bondcliff in the rain ||
||See full trip report on NotchHostel.com - https://notchhostel.com/blog/12-peak-pemi-loop-2020-03-03/|
Very spring-like day, not what you want for a Pemi Loop with all the in between sections unbroken.
The snow is very soft and wet, necessitating snowshoes everywhere but the bottom of Osseo, Franconia Ridge, and Bondcliff below tree-line.
I broke out Liberty-Little Haystack, Lafayette-Garfield, Garfield-Galehead, & S Twin to Guyot. If you follow my tracks on any of these sections take caution, I strayed off trail very frequently. The Twinway in particular was difficult to follow due to dense blowdowns and trees bent over the trail. If there is a cold snap and this wet snow freezes up, should be great conditions. Despite the warm weather I didn't sink in much because the wet snow was dense. Got absolutely soaked from the snow melting off the trees.
Zealand to the Bonds is post-holed really badly. Please wear snowshoes. Avoiding postholes was something I really did not need 27 miles into my day.
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.