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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: Pemi Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 13, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No notable water crossing issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: No notable bugs 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Even with the warm temperatures, you need micro spikes and snowshoes for many miles of Franconia Ridge - basically all the shaded parts. Notably, between Flume Little Haystack is nearly all monorail, with postholes sometimes as deep as 3 feet. Many folks did ok with just microspikes, but for some of the slushier sections with unstable monorail and a lot of postholing, my friend and I had much better success with snowshoes. I suspect these conditions will persist for at least another week or so, unless we get heavy rains to accelerate the melt. Hard to imagine when starting the hike down in the parking lot in this warmth.

Monorail and ice persist on Old Bridle Path as well, from below the Greenleaf hut into the wood above, some of it pretty dangerous without spikes.

The exposed parts of Franconia Ridge - Haystack north to Lafayette and beyond - are clear and a delight.

Flume Slide's steep section (the last mile before the ridge) has running water all over the steep rocks. Definitely risky - the AT section the north is a better choice for climbing - and definitely do not descend Flume Slide.  
Name
Name: RemyE 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-14 
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