Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Skookumchuck Trail, Garfield Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Cars lining the road at Lincoln Woods, but we found spaces at 7:30. Skook was empty prior to 8. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor rock hops. Extremely low water levels. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I recollect two blowdowns on the Osseo Trail (one smaller stepover up high and one larger birch stepover down low). Lots of waterbars needing attention on Skook. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Minimal 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Skookumchuck Trail was mostly dry with just a slight bit of minor mud. We saw no one else on this trail this morning. A few isolated trees with fall colors.

Garfield Ridge Trail to Lafayette was windy this morning, but not too crowded. Lafayette to Little Haystack was busy and windy in places, but not COVID-era busy. Nice undercast. Disappointing to see people trampling the alpine vegetation so they could "socially distance." Perhaps if one thinks they're going to catch COVID while moving along a mountain ridge in 30 mile per hour winds, they might be better off elsewhere.

Quiet again south of Little Haystack. Scramble ledges were dry. Liberty was windy, but also not too crowded. Lots of unmitigated erosion between Liberty and Flume, as well as "social distancing" damage. Had Flume to ourselves with some sun.

Osseo was also mostly dry with a few minor mud patches. Some stretches of the trail were difficult because the soil is so dry; very easy to slide and fall. Lincoln Woods Trail was very quiet this afternoon.

Light rain started in the notch around 5.  
Name: rocket21, bria, nordic_gal 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-09-13 
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