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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 13, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Standing/Running Water on Trail, Slush, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: the 4 water crossings on the Falling Waters Trail are easy - water level is down but watch for ice. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: water crossing section of the Falling Waters trail is a mess. Part of the trail near the stream is washed out, fallen trees, one major blowdown requiring detour 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: None today 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Spectacular day weather wise - bright sun and few clouds. Measured 28mph sustained winds on Lafayette, 33 degrees F wind chill 15 degrees. Relatively easy climb to Greenleaf Hut. Hit snow at 2400 feet but was able to bare boot to the hut. 2-4 inches of crunchy snow gave good traction to bare booting. Got fooled above treeline. Put on microspikes at the hut expecting traction needs but snow got deeper.


Above treeline we hit drifts up to our knees so changed to snow shoes which made the climb easier. The entire ridge line has snow drifts at various points. Snowshoes worked well. Saw lots of postholes made by passing hikers who didn't have them. Snowshoes useful for descent on Falling Waters trail - wet and sticky snow here. Removed snowshoes at 3000 feet. Lots of wet and dirty ice lower down on this trail - traction critical in places.  
Name
Name: Dexhiker 
E-Mail
E-Mail: dexpcdoc@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-04-13 
Link
Link: http:// 
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