Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails: Skookumchuck Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty at both ends 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None of consequence 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Quite a bit of blowdown on Skook, but easy to go around. I wish that I had brought a hand saw and could have "fixed" several. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Mine had a grand time and did well with his doggie distancing. 
Bugs: surprisingly none! Sat for an hour at Eagle Cliffs over a meal and no hassle. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Blue RedSox baseball style cap with "genuine" label and snap on back. Found on the Skook maybe mile 3 on ascent. Dropped it at the trailhead kiosk at the Skook after the hike. 
Comments: Up Skookumchuck, Garfield Ridge, down Greenleaf

Interesting day with sun breaking late in the afternoon. I had forgotten how the Greenleaf at low altitude skirts a glacial and cliff fall bolder field. Fascinating geology in spots. There were clouds from 4600 feet and up so it was cool and damp with about 40-50 yards of visibility. I'm glad that I had all the layers that I did and used them. Lots of clothing maintenance due to perspiration mixed with mountain and moisture. Turned around one hiker on my ascent that thought that he was headed toward the Greenleaf hut. Signs at the Lafayette summit all seemed correct so I don't know how he missed it, but he got in more of a hike than he intended having to reascend about 0.6 miles up Lafayette. 2 or 3 small patches of ice a bit shy of the ridge on the Skook and a few more just before Eagle Cliffs on the descent. Easy to avoid and no traction required on this trip, finally! For those who are interested this route is almost exactly 9 miles with 3635 of elevation gain and 3411 of descent. For me, a good workout.  
Name: SH 
E-Mail: sdothorton2atgmaildotcom 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-11 
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