Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette (attempt), NH
Trails: Skookumchuck Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Probably 6 cars at 9am and 8 cars at 4pm 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few very minor obstructions 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One happy dog seen today 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A little bit of everything on the trail today. Almost bare at the start then put on spikes once we got to the ice and crusty snow. At about 3300 feet switched to snowshoes as the surface was much soft and deeper and spikes weren’t really helping anymore. Once out of the trees and at the intersection with Garfield Ridge Trail the wind was strong enough to nearly blow me over and gusts which felt like single digits so we decided to forego the main peak of Lafayette. We would have switched back to spikes at that point if we were continuing as they would have been much more effective than shoes. No worries though we had incredible views of the northern presidentials and played it safe. Snowshoes much of the way down as the surface had softened considerably with base temps approaching 50 degrees. Then spikes towards the end of the hike though boot skiing would have probably worked too. All in all trail was in really good shape though there were sections with post holes and unstable snowpack as you would expect.  
Name: Dave Fortin 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-21 
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