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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: Monday, May 23, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Considering it was a Monday before Memorial Day, there weren't many cars in the trailhead parking lot when I rolled in around 11am. I'd say the lot was a bit less than half-full. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Thanks to the drier-than-usual conditions this spring, water crossings were manageable. Was able to mostly rock-hop, though my feet had to get a bit wet on the last water crossing or two on Falling Waters Trail (dried very quickly though). Trekking poles definitely recommended to help with balance. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were a couple recent blowdowns on Old Bridal Path from the thunderstorm the night before. Nothing too difficult to get around though. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Hardly any noticeable bugs the entire hike, which was a pleasant surprise. My gear has been treated with permethrin and I did spray myself with picaridin at the trailhead, so I suppose they may have just been steering clear, but still... wasn't a particularly buggy day out there. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Picked an absolutely spectacular day for my first venture across Franconia Ridge to summit Little Haystack, Lincoln, and Lafayette. Low humidity, mild temperatures (40s at the summit), manageable winds (10-20 MPH max gusts), hardly any bugs, and just enough fellow hikers for pleasant company but without any "conga line" or crowding on the trails and summits. Conditions were the best I can imagine they could ever be for this hike in mid-to-late May! The only frozen stuff I encountered were a few very easily avoided patches in the section of Falling Waters between Shining Rock and treeline. Loved every step of this hike.  
Name
Name: ThatFrigonHiker 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-26 
Link
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