Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 4, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Almost empty. Lot was plowed by 8 AM 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing worth mentioning 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None 
Bugs: Two. Saw one in a footprint ahead of me heading up to Lafayette. One on Osseo trail. About all I want to see. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: North face wind stopper glove on Osseo Tr. I left it on the bench at the ranger hut at Lincoln Woods. 
Comments: I checked the start of the trail before heading up and thought it could use snowshoes, but the others wore spikes and so, with a bit of guilt, I donned micro spikes. I left the rock spikes at home in order to have a bit longer and sharper spikes and it was the right move. The additional snow has hidden many more rocks and a lot of the ice which made for a much better hike compared to when I was last up here on the 27th. I kept the spikes on till tree line on Little Haystack. If you want to save a little abuse on the spikes take them off between Lincoln and LH.

I was chasing a couple the entire day. Their footsteps led off LH into 6" of snow. I put on my snowshoes at that point and was happy when I found a couple 100 feet later that they did the same. So the LH <-> Liberty Spring Tr section in stomped out. Wear snowshoes since it needs further packing. I left the snowshoes on over Liberty and Flume for the televators. It was a little abusive on the top, but even up there some packing was beneficial. The alternative route off of the Flume, to the South, has been bare booted, I took the standard trail. I saw only one set of tracks on Flume Slide, they were going down - good luck with that. Osseo was a post hole mess so the snowshoes stayed on all the way to the LW trail. 332/576  
Name: Gnarly 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-04 
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