Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 12, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: arrive early  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: nothing significant 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: great trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Falling waters, Pemi Ridge, to Lafayette and down to Greenleaf hut and out via bridle bath. - typical loop

My son (orthopedist specializing in foot and ankle surgery) and myself (internist) helped out a 24 yr old hiker who fell at least 50 feet down the Cloudlands falls on the Falling waters trail. ( He was attempting to photograph from top of falls, and slipped)
He severely dislocated his foot, but miraculously survived with no other injuries. However, he became mildly hypothermic. We all gave him our warm clothing, my son put his leg in SAM splint, and two of us had emergency mylar blankets for him. I have been carrying mine for over 30 years, and this is first time I had chance to use it. The young hiker was very nice young man, and we heard later he had received wonderful care at hospital and was discharged in 1 -2 days. He received attention from ER nurses, search and rescue volunteers and us, all of whom were on the scene within minutes of his fall, all by coincidence. NH fish and games Kneeland himself and his crew then arrived and carried him out. The rescue team was amazing, and deserves great praise. My son and I were able to continue the loop.
Having read Appalachia magazine for years, I was aware of how many people take the wrong turn on top of Lafayette. And sure enough, we met several on top of Lafayette who mistakenly had headed to Garfield and ultimately turned back.
While the sign on top of Lafayette is clear if you look for the sign and actually READ it, I think the top of Layayette deserves another sign on the Pemi ridge, perhaps a dozen feet north after the summit sign, saying "if you are going to Greenleaf hut and bridle path, turn back". Purists would strenuously disagree, but we saw numerous hikers wearing the wrong clothing, and the would have been in trouble if they had been "benighted."
We had no problem with trail conditions. It was cold on the ridge. Glad we came prepared.
Name: MAC 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-08-15 
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