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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: we got there at 06:30. plenty of parking. not so much at 2pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet/Slippery Rock 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Dry Brook is low enough to easily rock hop. it was the end of the day for me, so I just sloshed on thru. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is a spot on OBP, halfway up (?) where it looks like folks have followed a short water drainage thru the trees, bypassing a tiny bit of the trail. it's muddy and looks like hell and should probably be brushed in. similarly on FWs, about halfway up where the trail curls around behind a boulder and there are stone steps...folks have been cutting in front of the boulder creating another mess. and for the love of your favorite deity, please use the rocks that are in the puddle behind the hut vs. walking the edges making the whole thing worse. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw so many and most seemed like they were having a good time. surprisingly didn't see any poop. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The only way to do the Ridge these days is during the week, but man-o-man, still plenty of folks on the trails for an overcast Wednesday. we headed up OBP and hardly saw anyone at that early hour, but coming across the Ridge was a different story. Upon seeing the crowd on lil haystack at 11:30am, I knew I wouldn't be lonely descending FW. At times I felt a tour guide....'how much further?' 'is it worth it?' 'you're doing the loop in reverse?' 'does it get worse?' I wasn't in a rush, so I talked to the folks who wanted to chat and smiled at the others, who wouldn't even acknowledge me. manners! thankfully, I had plenty of time because I was moving slow. All the rocks/roots were wet and I was afraid of slipping. By the time I got to the falls and the wet leafy slabs, I was ready to quit the trail. at one point, I slid on my butt and had just stood up when a trail runner guy came up behind me and declared 'I hate this f*cking trail!'. hate is a strong word, but I could relate. I'll never do it again unless there IS snow and ice and I can use some good sharp traction. I made it down by 13:45 and was able to zoom over to Liberty Springs TH to pick up my partner who had continued on to get Liberty and Flume and Liberty again, just as he walked into the parking lot. Boom.  
Name
Name: hnd 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-10-07 
Link
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