|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH|
||Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 9, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Arrived at 10:00, plenty of parking. About 20 cars. Same upon return at 2:00 |
||Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Lots of open crossings, but everything easily rock hoppable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Ours loved the day, we saw a lot of bloody dog prints on the trail and hoped to catch the bleeding dog since we have a well stocked canine 1st aid kit. No luck. A good reminder that there are a lot of rocks on the ridge that can be tricky on the dog toes. |
|Lost and Found:
||There was a boot complete with micro spikes at the trailhead. ||
||There is already a good report from today, but since we had a later departure and it got quite warm, a couple notes.|
1: Falling waters trail was in good shape- hard packed with some icy sections. Traction 100% needed at this point.
2: Most of the Ridgeline is a combo of ice/rock and while we saw some intrepid bare-booters, I can't think this is the best choice. Grab the rock spikes and wreck em.
3: Lafayette to GL hut- more of the same but some significant ice that would be dangerous to cross without traction. Saw some hikers creating their own routes. Not my style- and if it's not yours, this is a section that needs sharp spikes, snowshoes, or hillsounds.
4: GL hut to parking. Looks like post-holio has already been out and about, but most of the trail is in decent shape with the clear beginnings of a monorail. We made fast work of the descent, and had no post holing issues and kind of enjoyed the mash potato snow.
It could really get ugly this week, so we felt that today was a gift! Beautiful weather and amazing views.
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.