Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails: Bike path, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, May 5, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot was empty when I got to the basin, Lafayette place had 20ish cars when i got there at 1:50. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The crossing up liberty spring trail is rock hoppable, seemed pretty low. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Spring conditions, as per. The section up to Little Haystack is pretty messy and there were a couple big ones going up Liberty Spring trail that you gotta hike around. Nothing egregious.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: A few flies in the early afternoon, but nothing i really noticed. no black flies yet.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Someone left a single microspikes hanging from a tree on franconia ridge trail. Hope whoever it was got down ok!! 
Comments: Little Haystack, Lincoln, Lafayette
Bike path, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path

Started at the Basin lot and headed along the bike path to pick up liberty spring trail. A little wet but no real mud. Ice started around 2500 feet and spikes went on, stayed on until the open ridge where it's a couple of snowy spots but mostly dry. Everything was pretty stable up to Franconia ridge trail; once I hit that junction it was snowy with a some minor postholing. Stiff enough that snowshoes weren't necessary, mine were along for the ride today.

It was extremely windy on the ridge, barebooted up to Lafayette and most of the way down to the hut. Spikes went on for the next 2/3 of the way down OBP, but parts of that were completely snow free and just wet rock. A lot of off and on. Rest of the way down was uneventful, walked the bike path back to the basin from lafayette place. Never really got any mashed potatoes the whole time, even though temps got pretty high.

Things are gonna get a lot less stable in a week or so. It was pretty good today but given the warm weather it wont be like this for long!  
Name: Ian C 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-06 
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