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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails
Trails: Whitehouse Trail, Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, June 26, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Left a bike in the Tramway parking lot, then drove to the Liberty Springs lot (just north of Flume Visitor Center) and parked there. Rode back to the car at the end of the hike (about 6 miles, mostly downhill) on the bike path. Plenty of spots left in both areas when we were there (around 10:00 to 10:30). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Several water crossings on Flume Slide Trail; all were easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails were in great shape. There are a few confusing herd paths on lower portion of Greenleaf Trail, and we took a wrong turn on one of them, but realized the error quickly and went back to the trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: We saw several dogs on the ridge, and all appeared to be enjoying themselves 
Bugs
Bugs: Bugs were not a problem while moving, but they were annoying when we stopped to rest. The summits were windy, so the bugs didn't bother us there. But if you went behind some rocks to escape the wind, they descended on you and were voracious. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost or found. 
 
Comments
Comments: A bluebird day on the Franconia Ridge for my two sons and me. None of us had been there for a few years, and we had forgotten how awesome it is. One of my sons had the idea to do the entire ridge in a day, via the Flume Slide Trail on the south end and the Greenleaf Trail on the north end. It seemed daunting (almost 14 miles with over 5200 feet of elevation gain), but it worked out great. Weather was spectacular, except for a brief rain shower while on the Flume Slide Trail, just before the slide itself. The rain arrived just in time to make the slide treacherous. Thankfully there are a lot of trees to hold onto. By the time we reached the ridge, the skies had cleared and it was fantastic for the rest of the day. Views were fabulous. Surprisingly, there were very few people on most of the ridge. We ran into a few on the Flume Slide Trail and a few at the summits of Flume, Liberty, and Little Haystack. From there to Lafayette and down the Greenleaf Trail, we ran into very few hikers - fewer than ten. It was later in the day by then, but it still surprised us, since it was a beautiful Friday before a weekend with an iffy forecast. All in all an excellent day. (Note that the Greenleaf Hut has an operating drinking water faucet on the outside of the building. Also, there was a caretaker at the hut. He said this was the first day of operation. You couldn't go into the hut itself, but the caretaker was selling snacks and drinks at a counter by the door. They plan on operating in this fashion for the rest of the season.)  
Name
Name: BC 
E-Mail
E-Mail: jbcunningham04@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-27 
Link
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