|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Garfield, Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, August 22, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at Lincoln Woods. This is a fee area ($5/day) with a clean, stocked privy. Rangers present during the day. Large paved lot that is plowed in winter. It is filled to capacity quickly on weekends. Roadside parking available and will add a surprising amount of walking to one’s endeavor if arriving after 9am. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||None that I recall being an issue. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Franconia Ridge has sensitive alpine vegetation and humans and requires pooches to be leashed. That Ridge is also very dry. Garfield Ridge has some super steep rock scrambles that dogs may require help with. |
|Lost and Found:
||Though I did not originally set out to do the Pemi Loop, I ended up doing it over three days. All trails have muddy areas. All trails have dry areas. All trails have wet, slick rocks. These are trails of the Whites.|
Lincoln Woods: Not blazed. Flat, fast, wide, popular trail.
Osseo Trail: blazed in yellow with blazes more spread out in the upper elevations. Nice wooden stairs aid with assent on the steep upper portion. Gentle grades until the last 2 miles or so.
Franconia Ridge: this becomes the AT after the junction with Liberty Spring trail and is well blazed in white, with supplemental carins, for the duration. Crowded. Encountered several cases of “novice day hiker syndrome” in regards to an unwritten hiking “rule.” Persons going up have the right of way. Spread the word. I’d get some momentum going then have to stop because the person coming down wouldn’t stop. I was kind of a jerk at one point by telling a group of youngsters to stay put as myself (and some AT thru hikers behind me) were coming up. I, surprisingly, didn’t cuss while making the statement...
Garfield Ridge: also the AT and well blazed in white. This trail takes more time than you think. The rock scrambles and horrendous footing make for slower going. Again with the “up has right of way.” Probably pissed off a day hiker or two pushing past them going up... I promise, I really am behaved 98% of the time. That 2% of misbehavior tends to happen on steep, technical inclines where I’m toting a 30 LBS pack, sweat has blinded me, bug bites are itching, and chaffing is occurring in sensitive areas. Thus I turn into the hulk...
Camped at Garfield Ridge tentsite. This is $15 per night. There is a caretaker, multiple platforms, a shelter, privy, covered cook area (with benches!!!), and dishwashing area. Fill your water containers (water point is before the site) prior to coming to the site. Save yourself some steps.
Frost Trail: not blazed. Blatantly apparent foot path. One nice viewpoint. Summit viewless with carin. I dropped pack and made it from hut to summit in 12 minutes. Galehead Hut open, public water point outside of hut open and flowing.
Twinway: this is part of the AT and is blazed in white. Beaten down foot path. If you can’t see it, you may want glasses.
North Twin Spur: well blazed in blue. Excellent footpath. Nice viewpoint just past the summit carin on a short Spur.
West Bond Spur: not blazed, simple to follow path. Wonderful 360 degree view summit. Large carin at summit.
Bondcliff: not blazed. Well travelled footpath (in my experience it is also well travelled in winter). There is one mile between Mt. Bond and Bondcliff that is completely exposed to the weather. This is marked by large carins but be leary of winds. Not so many people on Bondcliff summit this day. Interesting. Met an awesome 8 year old and his mother coming off Bondcliff finishing their 17th 4000 footer. Tough dude!
Camped at a site off Bondcliff trail near the Black Brook. Free. Bright moon and evening bugs complimentary with the stay.
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.