|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, NH|
||Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail. Liberty Springs Trail, bushwhack, bike path|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, January 19, 2012|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Goggles |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All very easy |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One new blow down on Liberty Springs Trail. Easy to step over. |
||Ridge is not a good place for the dogs right now. |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
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.