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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails
Trails: Skookumchuck Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 15, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: one car when I arrived. Lot was nearly full when I left. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all very easy 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: trail is in good shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: a couple harmless encounters 
Bugs
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Beautiful day to be hiking. Weather was really nice and trail is in good shape. I had this trail on my to-do list for a long time because I wanted a less crowded approach to Lafayette and it was great. I encountered only one couple on the ascent and about six groups on the descent.

A few observations. I didn't hear many songbirds at all. It was eerily quiet once the trail left the streamside. I wonder if they've started migration already.
I saw some peregrine falcons that were pestering a raven. All these birds were effortlessly soaring in the updraft off the summit. Was really beautiful to watch.

I posted a few pictures (link below).  
Name
Name: dacomp5 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-15 
Link
Link: http://www.instagram.com/p/CSmwH-hliOV/ 
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