|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:
||Saturday, May 14, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||NH state parks site lists the shuttle rules for parking overflow but no evidence that its running or any notice at the Lafayette Place lots |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Falling Waters even in morning had enough flow that stepstones were underwater, Wet feet at most crossings |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||FW trail has several older blowdowns and one significant newer softwood crown completely blocking trail below last river crossing heading up. There was a messy bypass route around it. There were two trees, I cut the worst one out of the way and brushed in the bypass route. The other crown would require a larger saw and more time than I had to deal with it. It may be frozen in. There is still a bypass route around the remaining one but far less destructive. I also cut a fresh softwood blowdown below Shining Rock Spur. OBP has one nasty recent softwood blowdown across the trail, it would need a larger saw than what I had.
No evidence that AMC is planning to spend any money on the loop despite the recent congressional earmark. |
||I had a few black flies biting heading down OBP in midafternoon |
|Lost and Found:
||Falling Waters deteriorating monorail transitioning to ice about 10 minutes short of Shining Rock Spur. Traction highly recomended above Shining Rock Spur as it was mostly wet ice with some monorail. Ridge was almost snow and ice free except for a few patches in the softwoods between summits. OBP has icy monorail in the softwoods from Greenleaf to treeline. Below Greenleaf its icy until 10 to 15 below the hut RUA. |
Quite a nice summer like day on the ridge. Afternoon heavy rain showers moved in quick. Drove home in heavy showers drifting off the summits.
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.