|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH|
||Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, January 11, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||5-8 cars in the lot at 8:30am. |
||Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Easy crossings in Falling Waters, still iced over. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One newer blowdown on Old Bridle Path, easily ducked under. |
||saw 3 good friendly pups! |
|Lost and Found:
||Perfect hiking conditions today as far as winter season is concerned. Microspikes up Falling Waters and down from Lafayette. Barebooted the ridge with no difficulty. Light winds up top made the traverse very manageable. Super gloomy clouds kept the sun away unfortunately.|
We did witness a pretty wild Fata Morgana mirage in the sky past Cannon and the Kinsmans as we were descending Lafayette. I'd never seen one before, it was truly bizarre. I'm not entirely sure where the original image was based, it appeared to be a ski mountain...I don't think it could have been as far away as Mansfield, but I'm not sure honestly. The mirage remained in the sky for the entirety of our hike down until it was out of sight behind the mountains.
People need to make a better effort to urinate OFF TRAIL. That's the only gripe. Awesome day.
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.