Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails: Skookumchuck Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Notch Bike Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Skook trailhead/bike path lot. About 7 other vehicles there at ~0815 with about 8 open spots. Only a couple remained upon return at ~1415. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Everything very dry and very low. Wouldn't even call the first couple a rock hop. More a step over. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Excellent axe work throughout. Whoever placed the stone stairs on Greenleaf and Skook those many years ago were amazingly skilled nd determined. Thank you! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: My lab did an excellent job, if not tired because oft he pace we kept. Note that there is really only drinkable water for them on trail on the lower half of Skookumchuck. Bring extra, we went through a liter by the summit and refilled at the hut. Also waded in Echo Lake on the way back. 
Bugs: None. Did not encounter the yellow jacket nest previously noted so that was good. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Several unprepared hikers (what trail is this? does this go all the way to the top? where is there water to drink? what's a hut? what do you mean map?) 
Comments: Nice last minute trip to tick off some hanging out there trail sections and grab some views from the ridge. Awesome weather in the morning, with a little rain on the path walk back which felt nice. Very crowded trails with large groups and a very busy Lafayette summit just before noon. Mask wearing was optional for a lot of people unfortunately in close quarters. Really like the notch/ridge but gotta stop the weekend trips; if you're looking for solitude this is not the place. Nothing remarkable about the trails, other than the lack of water and dryness. Overall a decent morning trek.  
Name: captainicebeard 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-08-16 
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