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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, NH
Trails
Trails: Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Skookumchuck Trail, bike path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Three of us went up Greenleaf to Lafayette then out & back to Lincoln. At that point 2 went back down Greenleaf while I continued on to Skookumchuck and walked back on the bike path. Hillsound spikes are probably adequate on Greenleaf and the ridge except possibly for the "no fall zone" 2/3rds up the cone from the hut. I put on crampons below that and was happy to have them although my two friends stayed in spikes. (Ran into a group hiking the ridge in jeans without any traction! I'm glad they decided to turn back to Falling Waters rather than attempt coming down Lafayette cone after being told about conditions.) Most of the trail is hard packed crusty snow/granular ice which gives spikes good traction providing they are sharp. There are some patches of hard ice but can avoided if your careful. Coming down Skook I put snow shoes on used them to the top of the rock steps going down to the river. Below that I used spikes until the trail leaves the river then went bareboot for the bottom of Skook and the bike path although there were a couple slips that made me question weather I should have been using spikes even though most of it was bare.  
Name
Name: Rick Simmons 
E-Mail
E-Mail: RickNH1@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-03-18 
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