|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH|
||Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, October 2, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at the Lafayette Place parking area. This paved lot is plowed in winter and fills quickly. Even on rainy days. There are porta potties at the east side parking area. There is a 0.1 mile walk under the highway from the west side parking area. These should be musical song lyrics… |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||On Falling Waters there are several water crossings. One is bridged, the remainder are rock hoppable, even with the rain today. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trail proven dogs will have no issue. They must be leashed in alpine areas. |
||Ha! See ya next year suckahs!! |
|Lost and Found:
||This was my 4th assent of Lincoln and Lafayette, but my first time on Falling Waters, Greenleaf, and Old Bridle Path. Though these trails make a nice, and popular route, I much prefer the Skookumchuck or trails coming from the east side of the massive hunks of tree covered rock. We’ll see what winter conditions are like…|
Falling Waters: uh. It is blazed. I forget what color. Well travelled footpath, simple to follow. Fantastic falls today. Minor mud. All signs up and in good shape.
Franconia Ridge: this is part of the AT and is blazed in white blazes supplemented with large carins that were most helpful in today’s limited visibility. Stay on the marked path. Conga line today, even in the cold driving rain and wind. Summits not signed, marked with exceptionally large carins. Geological marker on Lafayette.
Greenleaf: blazed sparsely in blue after diverging from the AT then few, if any blazes to the hut. The hut was open today. All I could smell was COVID so I didn’t go in- no mask. :( Large carins and scree walls mark the path above tree line. Dude, if you can’t see this path you may want an eye exam. I followed it AFTER I took off my rain covered glasses! All signs up and legible.
Old Bridle Path: blazed in yellow with more blazing in lower elevations. Easy to follow footbed. I followed it sans glasses just fine. Gorgeous woods in lower elevations. I bet this trail has some seriously fine views on clear days. Many open areas above 4000 feet. I’ll come back just to check that out. Some tricky rock sections that were wicked steep and slick today. These were below tree line, but man, they were super slick! 5 points of contact required (2 feet + 2 hands + 1 butt)!!
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.