Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, NH
Trails: Abandoned Bridle Path, Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail, bushwhacks
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I actually got a spot at about 0730 on a Sunday. Odd. Lot was mostly full at this time. It looked like the end of days when I came out as people where parked everywhere. One intrepid 'hiker' even drove his jeep up an embankment on the right side of the lot and called that good 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were easily hoppable on Falling Peoples Trail 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Noted about six blowdowns (one or 2 are too big for a 10" saw) along the trail on OBP. Lots of clogged water bars I tried to work on. Nothing of note on Greenleaf, Ridge and Falling People was in good shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Lots of dogs out 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Winter like/shoulder season conditions have arrived in the Whites! Almost immediately found the snow line on Old Bridle, nothing that bad. I put on spikes at the hut just because it was windy and didn't want to stop on the ascent of Lafayette. There are considerable snow drifts in the area of the summit cone of Lafayette (like, a few post holes where to my crotch. I know that's not saying much being 5'3, but, for one storm...) Aside from Lafayette, the snow was more than manageable with spikes. Plenty of sneakers and no traction out there, though. Hit the bubble of all the people on Falling Waters around North Lincoln and then it was a steady stream of people for basically the entire descent. I ended up taking a compass bearing and whacking down into the Dry Brook drainage because it was without hyperbole every 15 seconds someone was coming up. Stayed up higher on the ridge crest and had some scrappy wood most of the time but I didn't mind. Popped out north of Cloudland.  
Name: The Teal Goat 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-19 
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