Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Old Bridal Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, February 11, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Northbound lot for old bridal was 1/4 full @9am 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All buried 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Small leaner 1mi up LW, basic handsaw job. Couple medium trees in the bottom 1/4mi up osseo than could get cleaned up. Various blowdowns farther up osseo 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: My friends dog had a blast 
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: Found every type of snow conditions possible besides completely unbroken trail. With the warm summit temps I aggressively went for the snowshoes and trail runners combo and while my socks were soaked by the end, feet were pretty warm and dry the entire way. Snow can make a great insulator. My favorite route to do this traverse if not adding additional pemi peaks as old bridal is a nice starting climb and summiting Flume is the last significant up of the day. Well broken from the bottom of Old Bridal to Little Haystack, saw some people in spikes, they were really struggling with any drifts and postholing up to their hips off trail. There were some strong wind gusts coming off Lafayette, luckily wind outta the south so no real mean bite. Liberty Springs to Flume is also well broken, some drifting around the summit of Liberty. Little Haystack to Liberty Springs hasn't seen traffic since Wednesday and that was only 2 people so there was a lot of drifted snow atop the trail to pack down and consolidate. The 0.1mi from the summit of Flume to Flume Slide jct is very sketchy currently with drifts next to a serious cliff. Good, clean footwork is required here to stay on trail and avoid a nasty long sliding fall with serious consequences. Osseo, and coming down off Little Haystack were both pretty good for that fun freestyle skate skiing variant using snowshoes. Osseo Tr was broken out by a single person on Wednesday so we had to deal with extensive deep powder drifts in places. The ladders section was by far the best sliding action I've found this winter. Pretty much powder down to the bottom of the switchbacks at 2500'. Below here it transitioned to a disgusting mix between wet sticky spring snow and wet concrete and substantially slowed our moving pace, like this to the jct on Lincoln Woods Tr. Dropped the snowshoes and barebooted to the car, only trail I would recommend spikes for. Please wear your snowshoes as this will keep the trails safe and efficient for travel. With current snow depths, postholing is dangerous and is an exhausting, energy inefficient move  
Name: Heat Lightning 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-02-11 
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