|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Georgiana Falls, NH|
||Georgiana Falls Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, March 22, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Mid sized parking area for several cars. Probably a dozen plus. One other there that was leaving as I arrived shortly before 5:30pm. Only car there upon my return at 7:30pm. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No water crossings but be very careful near the falls. There’s some long, fatal looking drops up there. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The path is not officially maintained according to the guidebook but it’d be nice if it were. The trail was blazed in yellow to start then transitioned to red. I think the switch was after the lower falls. I believe Gaia says the trail goes well beyond where it actually does. If I’m correct, then the red blazing isn’t all that sparse or hard to follow. If I’m wrong then the red blazing disappears and the “trail” (bushwhack) is only marked very occasionally with surveyors tape. I don’t recall any blowdowns on the lower, well travelled portion, but there were some higher up. |
||None seen but should be a good hike for them at least to the lower falls. Some dogs may struggle with the steep terrain to the upper falls. In any case, I probably wouldn’t bring them to the upper falls just due to all the ice now. Maybe they’d even struggle to the lower falls. |
|Lost and Found:
||My third and final little redline of the day to clean up some smaller trails in the Cannon and Kinsman tab. 37F and still bright and sunny when I started at 5:30pm. |
ICE ICE ICE!!!! The thin snow/ice (more ice particularly as you went along) cover was pretty consistent from the start. I would not try to even make it to the Lower Falls without spikes right now. For the Upper Falls iI’d strongly recommend you have at least shapr microspikes if not Hillsounds. Crampons probably wouldn’t work well given the depth obviously but it’s very icy and steep and my dull old microspikes weren’t quite doing the trick. Luckily, if not redlining and not parody alright caring if you stick to the trail, you could stick to the right (if ascending) where there was less snow/ice coverage.
While the falls were pretty I actually found this one annoying as I really couldn’t tell where the trail ended. According to Gaia, which cannot always be trusted, the trail goes AT LEAST a tenth of two (probably more like a quarter mile plus) beyond where the red blazing ends. From there, a bushwhack is occasionally marked with surveyors tape. The place where I originally thought the trail ended didn’t seem like the best candidate either because I don’t believe it had a view of Loon as the guidebook described. There were other footprints up there though so it sounds like people do go beyond the blaze regularly. Shortly beyond where the blaze ended, the snow for deeper as well and I’d occasionally posthole.
When I was sure I’d seen it all I turned around choosing my own path down the steep and icy section to the Upper Falls. Once back down to Lower Falls it’s a quick trip out.
||Liam Cooney |
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.