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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, Little Haystack, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, Lafayette North Peak, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Franconia Falls Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lincoln Woods parking lot was full and cars were lined up on the road at 5:36 a.m. There seemed to be even more cars when we left at a bit after 6 p.m. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings including the ones on Franconia Brook Trail were easily rock-hopped. The only tricky water crossing was on a flooded section on the southern end of Franconia Brook Trail where the beavers have been at work. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Stairs on Osseo are in excellent shape. There was a sharp log that poked into the path on Garfield Ridge Trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a couple of them. 
Bugs
Bugs: They weren't really a bother at all. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Unfortunately there was a good amount of trash that we saw. Please do not litter. Might have seen a shirt on Garfield Ridge Trail between Mt. Lafayette and Mt. Garfield. 
 
Comments
Comments: Started the hike with headlamps and didn't take them off until we were up on Osseo. Fantastic views from the Downlook and the viewpoint just above it. There were tons of wind and clouds on the summit of Flume. Liberty was also clouded in when we reached it. Franconia Ridge was quite busy and the wind was high. We were definitely glad to have brought warm clothing/hats/gloves. The North Peak of Lafayette and the surrounding alpine region were very enjoyable.

Garfield ridge was as tedious and rough as ever, but the bright green moss and the beautiful waters of Garfield Pond were very pleasant. The climb from Garfield Pond up to the summit of Garfield was stiff. Lots of superb views at the summit and lots of hikers, but there was plenty of room to spread out. It was a tedious descent east off the summit cone to the Franconia Brook Trail with a bit of water in the trail and lots of steep sections of jumbled rock.

Franconia Brook Trail down to 13 Falls was very enjoyable and wild. We found the First, Second, and Third Falls at 13 Falls and were very impressed by each one, in particular the Third Falls. The rest of the hike out along the Franconia Brook and Lincoln Woods Trails was astoundingly easy and flat. The only real challenge of this trail was crossing the beaver activity at the southern end.

We stopped and saw Franconia Falls for the first time. What a cool place!

What a great day to hike the Semi Pemi!  
Name
Name: Summit Seeker 
E-Mail
E-Mail: runtowin78@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-09-05 
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