Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, NH
Trails: Pemi Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 22, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Not surprisingly the Lafayette parking areas on both sides were overflowing out onto I-93 on my return. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hops, some with wet boots. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One blowdown on FW. FW had many failing water bars and erosion. Franconia Ridge fine. Greenleaf below hut but above Eagle Pass has significant erosion but the water bars are funtioning; it's just steep without switchbacks. There is some water in the trail and the rocks are mossy and wet; slippery now but I'd guess especially so in cold weather. Below Eagle Pass the trail is in decent shape but many of the water bars are full or nearly so; I kicked/healed many of them to improve things a bit. Pemi is a nice trail with just a few short eroded bits and some plank work I didn't expect from the Park which otherwise neglects most of its trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Pepper had fun. Water wasn't an issue, he tolerates wind pretty well, there were a fair number of nice dogs to greet, including Skipper and Paprika,and nice views. I don't think the rocks on this hike have particularly sharp crystals, but I've heard several dogs got bloody pads on it this summer, so keep that in mind especially on Lafayette. Pepper was mistaken for Atticus and Lauky, which is an honor for the little guy who was on his best behavior today. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Due to the winds from the south, a counter clockwise route was a great choice, even if just a random one. Using a quick hike up, goind down Greenleaf and using the Pemi to loop back, we avoided the crowds. Greenleaf below Eagle Pass and the Pemi makes for a great return loop on nice trails in pleasant hardwoods but for one thing; the noisy traffic. Maybe I'll bring ear plugs the next time. I managed to stay in shorts and T the whole hike, with the clouds clearing after Lincoln to reveal a beatiful undercast. Great seeing Steve and Skipper. It didn't look too good to start, but it ended up being a great day for a great hike.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-09-22 
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