|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln (attempt), NH|
||Falling Waters Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, September 17, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Well, I arrived at 415am for a sunrise hike; despite the fact that it was Sunday, I got parking at the trailhead. When I returned at 845AM the lot was full and a nice gentleman was telling all cars to go to 34C and take the shuttle. That process seems to be working. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All are rock hops. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||There is a new stepover just below Cloudland Falls. It’s a 6” diameter paper birch, which looks rotted (but of course paper birches are never as rotted as they appear, LOL). Other than that, everything looks great. The new signage at the Shining Rock junction is untouched by graffiti and the new alpine zone sign looks great. The corded walkway markers that runs the last 200’ up to the summit are intact. |
||Yep, lots of em today. |
||Nope; yay for wind!! |
|Lost and Found:
||Nothing today. ||
||I hiked up Falling Waters and enjoyed an absolutely spectacular sunrise from Little Haystack. I hike a lot of sunrises and this was particularly terrific. |
However, the wind was more significant than the forecast. It was blowing me sideways (and completely off my feet a few times). Not safe, in my opinion. So after enjoying sunrise I headed back down FW. Approximately 70 people passed me on their way up. I met Nat, who is a Back Country Steward, and talked to Karen, who was the 8-noon Trailhead Steward.
The goal was the parking lot, and not the Lincoln and Lafayette summits. Goal achieved!
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.