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: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: spotted a car at LW...hardly anyone there in the morning or afternoon. the parking lot itself will probably be clear of ice after this weeks temps, but the lake that you have to drive thru at the entrance will be deeper. something should be done about the drainage there. many cars at 7:30am on a Wednesday at Lafayette parking, but there were still plenty of spots. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: the section of FR between Little Haystack and Liberty has at least a half dozen trees to crawl under. maybe more, I lost count or my memory because I took a decent whack on the head by a branch.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw a handful having a good day. lots of poop on the trail. maybe dog owners could do a better job of cleaning up after their dogs. carry a scoop to flick it off trail so others don't step in it if you don't want to carry it out. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: a stunner of a day! I think we were the only ones traversing the ridge in a southerly direction today. wore spikes up and over Lafayette & Lincoln, but full crampons wouldn't have been overkill on the ridge. saw one wise fellow wearing them. winds were stiff on the summits of Lafayette & Liberty, but nothing a windproof shell couldn't handle. put shoes on after Lil Haystack and kept them on till hitting the LW highway. the section of FR from LH to Liberty was an unconsolidated post-holed mess, IMO. we met a young fellow and his pup in shoes headed North so maybe it's a little smoother now. as stated above, many obstacles to crawl under, branches to hit your head on even when paying attention and to grab your pack. once past the junction with LS it's smooth sailing up Liberty and over to Flume. Going down Osseo was fine, a little choppy. I butt slid a few times. the snow got wetter and heavier as we descended, making a long day feel longer.
Lastly, there is A LOT of brown and yellow snow along OBP & Greenleaf. In some spots, I caught a latrine-like smell. I can't imagine what it's like in the summer heat.  
Name: hnd 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-11 
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