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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lincoln Woods and Lafayette Place were both pretty busy today. No good estimates due to our early start and late finish 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None of any significance 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: N/A 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Watch out for that ice on the ridge for them 
Bugs
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
 
Comments
Comments: Old Bridal Path is very well broken out and similar for the section of Greenleaf Tr above the hut which has some sections of crusty snow and exposed rock. As always, be careful for that 1 tricky pitch near the summit. Snowshoes were okay over to Lincoln, probably should have swapped to spikes for the section over to Little Haystack as there is a combo of wind drifted snow patches, exposed rock, and ice. Kept the snowshoes on so I didn't have to put them back on at Little Haystack for the rest of the ridge as the snow got very deep coming down towards Liberty. A few barebooters, but enough snowshoe traffic for this section to be in good shape. The section from Liberty Springs Tr to Flume is very well packed out. For some dumb reason, we went down the ladders on Osseo Tr with our snowshoes on which was tedious but manageable. Swapped to spikes at about 2800' as there was minimal snow depth. We also ran into a couple headed up for sunset here so between us, them, and a couple other people should be moderately well packed out. Lincoln Woods was a cruise as usual and I didn't bother to put on my headlamp even in the dark as the railroad ties are sufficiently covered to not stub a toe on them.

This was a gridding adventure with Liam Cooney for our December Grids as he needed all 4 peaks and I couldn't say no to Franconia Ridge on a day like today. We ran into DEL on Lincoln and he kindly helped break trail over to Flume. It was nice chatting with him.  
Name
Name: Heat Lightning 
E-Mail
E-Mail: ecs@mountainlogworks.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-12-20 
Link
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