Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hopping was fine 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of blowdowns and low hanging branches along Franconia Ridge trail between Little Haystack and Flume 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Started at the Lafayette trailhead and went up falling waters. Up until about 2900 feet I used microspikes although by that point the snow was at least 5 inches. Used snowshoes the rest of the day. From 2900-4700 feet up to Little Haystack there was 6-18 inches of snow increasing as elevation increased. Snow drifts up to 3 feet.

Along Franconia ridge trail between Little Haystack and Liberty, snowshoes were a 100 percent must as the trail was unbroken with 18 inches of snow. Got lost multiple times because the trail was impossible to follow. Snow drifts up to 4 feet.

Similar conditions from Liberty to Flume but trail was much easier to follow and I didn’t get lost once. At about 4100 feet there was a large patch of snow drifts up to 4 feet which were tough on the legs.

Osseo wasn’t terrible and at about 3000 feet you would have been fine with just boots on your feet.

I wouldn’t do this hike without snowshoes but I also broke out all of these trails so it may become easier as the days go along. Be careful not to follow my path between liberty and haystack because I was doing circles for quite some time.

All in all, tough but great day and OUTSTANDING views!  
Name: Ben Robinson 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-04-23 
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