|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, NH|
||Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, November 27, 2011|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Slush |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock hopping |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Saw plenty of pups enjoying the day. |
|Lost and Found:
||Nice day for this loop - it had lots of traffic over the holiday weekend since the snow last Wednesday. Only light traction was needed for parts of the ascent/descent. |
Don't be fooled by the hard-packed snow/ice from parking lot up the first 1/10th of mile. it quickly diminished leaving alternating sections of dry trail, wet trail, mud and small snow patches up until shortly below the open ledges. From there, enough snow pack that light traction was helpful until you break out of the trees. Traction is also helpful across the snowfield below the summit. The ridge is bare bootable - hardly any snow. Traction was helpful descending Falling Waters for the first mile or so, then bare bootable. Combination of wet slick rock and snow patches made the sections by the waterfalls tricky, but passable.
Winds were whipping on the summit of Lafayette, but not too bad across the rest of the ridge. Gorgeous day - not a cloud on the ridge itself, lots of beautiful undercast all around though.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.