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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, June 18, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Amazingly we got a space at 10:00 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues, low and easily forded 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Great shape. Haven’t been here for 2 years but there were metal/rope guides atop Falling Waters at the Haystack junction and on FRT near Lincoln, to facilitate staying in proper boundaries. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a few 
Bugs
Bugs: Very minimal, except for the few that hitched a ride home in the car.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Epic day - incredibly clear skies til late afternoon with views clear to the Presi’s and all around. The volunteer at the trailhead said something about crowds but we didn’t find it that way at all. Yes there were other hikers but the trails never felt crowded, and we expected more given the Juneteenth holiday. With dry trails and next to no mud, conditions were perfect. He also was urging everyone to stay on the trail bed which is a worthy reminder. I was pleasantly surprised at erosion management here - per other poster reports I guess I expected it to be worse.

Hut was open and also not busy. No masks required there but you can’t eat inside unless you’re an overnight guest which is fine. At least 4 kids under age 8 completed the full traverse which was very impressive.

This is our first full traverse since 16 years ago, and it felt fabulous. First that we could do this at all, and that our now 27 year old sons with significant autism are so great at it. The hubby had to power through some leg cramps ascending Lincoln, and the thought of him getting stuck so early, exposed above tree line, made me work the mental game today. However pumping electrolytes and salt worked wonders, as did him taking lots of breaks which were fine excuses to linger anyway.
We are so lucky to have these mountains here, for their myriad lessons.

Special shout out to the two women from Richmond here on vacation who shared our descent. They rose at 2 am to hike Cadillac Mtn, in Acadia NP, and from there bag this traverse.


 
Name
Name: TwinMom+1 
E-Mail
E-Mail: mk@mkmarinac.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-06-18 
Link
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