Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, NH
Trails: Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 24, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Not many vehicles at the Garfield trailhead when I arrived and only one truck when I left. The Gale River Loop Road (FR92) west entrance off route 3 was gated with a sign about road work so I took the Gale River Loop Road east entrance and drove by the Gale River trailhead to get to the Garfield Trail  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Brook crossings easy. Water flows are modest with the dry conditions of late. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in great shape. I was going to note the downed tree just uphill from the last brook crossing but as noted in the Pepper and Me report it was cleared. Thanks. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw Pepper and another dog at Mt Garfield. The other dog continued to Mt Lafayette. Both the Garfield Trail and the Garfield Ridge Trails are mostly dry. Garfield Pond provides one source of water in addition to the small brooks low on the Garfield Trail. 
Bugs: Not many. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Nice to talk with Tom on Mt Garfield and to witness the young girl achieving her first four thousand foot summit with her Dad.
The trails were in excellent condition. The few muddy spots were just sticky areas which supported walking.

As usual, the Franconia Ridge Trail had many hikers (lots of them wearing Red Sox hats or shirts). On the Garfield Ridge Trail met many overnight hikers on the Pemi Loop or modified Pemi Loop circuits.
Garfield Pond was picturesque with its many lily pads and flowers. Great views from the summits once the clouds lifted.  
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-07-24 
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