Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, NH
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 14, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot was empty when I got there and close to empty when I got back 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: I came down Falling Waters in the afternoon. There are no ice bridges and the water is cranking. I think most people got wet attempting crossings. The lowest crossing is the most difficult with the next to last also challenging. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The new rock work along the lower Falling Waters near the waterfalls has a few washout.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I will have to come up with a new term, a "hidden monorail" Its not elevated and just looks like a 4 or 5 foot wide path but step off the center and its posthole city. I wore microspikes from the parking lot to the summit of Lafayette and over the Lincoln. The trail was mostly bare from Lincoln to Haystack and the "Hidden Monorail" started at treeline on Falling Waters. The snow was not sticky but it required concentration to stay on the packed section, a bit of inattention and its posthole time.

Falling Waters is definitely a challenge up to the highest water crossing. The spot where a Japanese tourist was killed by an ice chunk several years ago, had two large chunks right in the trail, they would have hurt someone seriously, its just below the area with the steps cut in the rocks. Definitely not a great place to hang out. I elected to go down it in case my boots got wet (they did) but its not that far back to the car.

I had a Hiker Ed extended sighting, I hiked with him from about treeline on Lafayette over to Lincoln. These were for his 8th round of the grid. He elected to do an out and back over to Lincoln from OBP.

For such a beautiful day, there were not that many folks out on the ridge, far fewer than the two prior Covid years.  
Name: peakbagger 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-14 
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