Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, NH
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail. Liberty Springs Trail, bushwhack, bike path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Goggles 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All very easy 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One new blow down on Liberty Springs Trail. Easy to step over. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Ridge is not a good place for the dogs right now. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Old Bridal Path was in great shape up to the hut. An inch or so of frozen granular down low, couple inches up higher. I bare-booted until the steeper parts of the Agonies where I switched to micros.

Approaching the summit of Lafayette on the NW shoulder there was a spot or two where the crust broke and the fluff underneath was unconsolidated. That was the only spot I thought about switching to crampons.

A few larger drifts here and there headed to Lincoln and then over to Haystack. I could have switched to snowshoes but it wasn't necessary.

From Haystack to the Falling Waters junction wasn't broken. There was 6-18 inches of dense windblown snow that had mixed with sleet. That part was a slog but the trail was easy to follow and the corridor is in good shape.

Up to Liberty and down was well chewed up. I went back to micros all the way to the car. There are a couple of small sections of flow ice near the junction with Flume Slide Trail. No smowmobile traffic as of yet on the bike path. Amazing views but it was a little colder then I expected.  
Name: TimC 
E-Mail: tjcharboneau(at) 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-01-19 
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