|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH|
||Bushwhack, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, May 29, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lafayette Place parking lot was 1/3 full at 5:30AM |
||Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||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.
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