|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH|
||Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, March 23, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||half dozen cars on Tuesday am at 9am, about the same a 4pm |
||Dry Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All Crossings on Falling Waters were still solid snow bridges |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One blowdown step over on Falling Waters
One blowdown duck under on Old Bridle Path |
||2 dogs on leash crossing the ridge |
|Lost and Found:
||Perfect day to explore Franconia Ridge. Sunny, temps near 40, very light wind (5mph). Pack your sunscreen.|
Falling Waters was well packed and solid monorail. Some loose granular but micro spikes did the job. The waterfalls are still mostly covered and Shining Rock still an ice sheet except for one section.
The ridge from Little Haystack to Mt Lincoln has very little snow and boot travel worked fine. A mix of rocks and snow (40/60) from Mt Lincoln to Mt Lafayette. We were able to bare boot this sections, however, the snow was quite soft and slick in places.
The first half mile heading down the Greenleaf trail is mostly exposed rock with some snow patches. Put micro spikes as we neared the alpine zone. This side of the mountain has more sun exposure than the Falling Waters trail side. The hike down from the hut to the parking lot became quite sloppy, mash potato like snow, and we were slipping and sliding with micro spikes. Had a few unintentional butt slides. Monorail is still solid for the most part with numerous post holing along the sides. Trip time: 2hrs 45mins up Falling Waters, 2hrs across the Ridge (with many stops to eat and enjoy the views), 2hrs down to parking lot. Just under 5hrs of actual moving time.
||Diane Stuart |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.