|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH|
||Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, April 23, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Wet Trail, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock hopping was fine |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Lots of blowdowns and low hanging branches along Franconia Ridge trail between Little Haystack and Flume |
|Lost and Found:
||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!
||Ben Robinson |
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.