|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH|
||Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, February 6, 2010|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lafayette Place - fully plowed
Lincoln woods - fully plowed |
||Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Small Patches, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Snowshoes, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All solid snowbridges |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Overhanging trees on Franconia Ridge Trail South of Little Haystack, 3-4 minor blowdowns on Osseo trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||Ascended Old Bridle Path and easily barebooted the hard packed trail. Put on snowshoes for the steep section and wore them the last 0.5 miles to Greenleaf hut. They were overkill, I would recommend microspikes. |
Switched to 6 point crampons at the hut. The ascent up Lafayette was solid rime ice with a few rocky sections. The ridge was a mixture of mostly bare rock with ice and some rime ice sections. I wore the 6 pointers all the way to Litte Haystack. Microspikes would have also been a good choice.
Encountered several people who ascended Falling Waters. I didn't ask about trail conditions but every hiker wore either microspikes or crampons.
Franconia Ridge South of Little Haystack was broken out by 2 hikers going North. 3-4 inches of powder snow with overhanging branches. Wore snowshoes continuing South to Liberty / Flume and for the Osseo descent.
Osseo had 4-5 downed trees. Upper section I'd recommend snowshoes in the loose granular upper section. At lower elevation the trail converted to a frozen granular. I continued wearing snowshoes but microspikes / barebooting would probably have been a better choice.
Wind was 30-40 MPH on the Lafayette summit blowing from the Northeast.
||HockeyPuck / Trevor |
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.