Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails: Bushwhack, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 29, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lafayette Place parking lot was 1/3 full at 5:30AM 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
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Trail Maintenance Notes
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Dog-Related Notes
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Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: For this bushwhack, I ascended Mt. Truman’s west ridge, and also visited a ledge viewpoint that I had spotted while ascending Lafayette’s “Gateway Gully” a few years ago.

I entered the woods directly from the Lafayette Place parking lot and followed Walker Brook up to the base the ridge; for the ascent, I generally stayed on the north side of the ridge, as the woods were more open. I crossed a number of logging roads which seemed to run north to south, and soon hit very thick woods at around 3600ft. Due to the dense vegetation, I did not have time to visit the slide opposite of Lincoln’s Throat, but I did manage to find the ledge which looks towards Mt. Lafayette. From this vantage point I was able to see all of Lafayette’s SW-facing couloirs from a straight-ahead perspective, one which will help me identify potential routes up the mountain. The rest of the bushwhack was slow going through soaking wet krummholz, and when I reached the alpine zone, I rock-hopped to the ridge to avoid damaging the fragile vegetation. I descended via Greenleaf & OBP and encountered surprisingly few hikers, given the holiday weekend.  
Name: timbercamp 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-29 
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