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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Lafayette, Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, NH
Trails
Trails: Skookumchuck Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, bike path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Skookumchuck trailhead parking lot had many empty slots. Lot is frequently used by bicyclists as well as hikers 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No significant water crossings on this circuit. There is an easy rock hop in a watery area by Eagle Lake just below the hut. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good condition. On the Franconia Ridge Trail I did witness two instances where hikers didn't know which side of the scree wall that the trail was located. There was a man working on rock steps on the Greenleaf Trail below the summit of Mt Lafayette. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw many dogs today. One was being carried by the owner. These trails should be fine for dogs 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Somebody lost a pole bag on the summit of Mt Lafayette. I removed the bag. 
 
Comments
Comments: The Skookumchuck Trail had all tree falls removed. The footing is great with some rock stairways. The short stretch of trail with running water had ample rocks to assist in passage. One can avoid the tricky wet ledge area near the tree line by an alternate route to the right on ascent. The Skookumchuck approach to Mt Lafayette via the Garfield Ridge Trail over North Lafayette provides excellent views. I saw one other hiker on the Skookumchuck Trail. Many hikers on the Garfield Ridge Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, and the Greenleaf Trail between Mt Lafayette and the hut. I did not go in to the hut. The section of the Greenleaf Trail from the hut down to Eagle Pass has some running water and wet rocks. The footing is rough in this section. The Greenleaf Trail below Eagle Pass is fine but there is noise from the highway. I saw an unmarked herd path leading downhill from the lower section of the Greenleaf Trail. I remained on the blazed trail. Saw only one other hiker on the Greenleaf Trail below the hut. The bike path has good views of Echo Lake, uplook to Artists Bluff, and a nice view from Lafayette Brook Bridge. Only saw three bicyclists on the bike path.  
Name
Name: WAUMBEK 
E-Mail
E-Mail: waumbek@roadrunner.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-03 
Link
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