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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Shining Rock Spur, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 7, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We got there late, but there was still plenty of space for more cars. Just so you know, we hiked on a Friday, so on a Saturday (or Sunday) it might be much more busy.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The water crossings were easy at first,but then they got much more challenging. You might have to wade through them if you are not very good at balancing. I loved all the waterfalls. They were extremely beautiful! If you don't think you can hike the whole thing, just going to one of the waterfalls(or all of them)is great! It is a little challenging to get to the last one (Cloudland Falls) but it's a great sight to see! Cloudland falls is eighty feet high, and when you stand on the trail in front of it, you get sprayed!  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trail was a bit rugged, but it was still enjoyable. There were about three blowdowns on Falling Waters Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No pups on the trail today:(. But I did see a set of puppy paw prints(PPP)! ARF,ARF! 
Bugs
Bugs: No bugs! Ha! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Trash: all sorts of stuff. There were bits of plastic EVERYWHERE! And there were bottle caps and suspicious stuff laying around, too. Bottle wrappers, baby wipes, soiled toilet paper, a water bottle stuck on a stick on the side of the trail and orange peels. UGH!!!!!PLEASE (I'm begging you!!!!!!!)DO NOT LEAVE TRASH ON ANY TRAIL OR IN ANY FOREST! WE NEED TO KEEP THESE PLACES NICE FOR OTHER PEOPLE,TOO!!!! Lost and Found: A sleeping bag or a tent was on the side of upper Falling Waters Trail. We also found two coats (one was on the trail, and the other was at the start of the trail). 
 
Comments
Comments: The trail started out touristy, but once you get past the water crossings, it gets more rugged. The trail gets steeper the higher you go, but don't lose heart, the views are great! There is no snow on the ridge (except when you enter the spruce). We were lucky.........We got a great view from both mountains! Going back a little, we went to shining rock. It is worth it to go there! When you get to the junction, you should see a sign that says:"shining rock" or something like that. It is 0.1 miles to get there and 0.1 miles to get back to the junction. At the top of Lafayette, We saw two cute little black-eyed Juncos. I hope this report helped you! Enjoy your hike!  
Name
Name: Ocean Pegasus 
E-Mail
E-Mail: runtowin78@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-08 
Link
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