Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Guy Waterman Slide, The Gargoyle, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, bushwhack, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path, abandoned Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 6, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I was able to get in the lot before 0700. USFS trailhead stewards counted over 200 contacts 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues on any crossing 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of trailwork happening, about a dozen trailworkers out working on a reroute down low on OBP 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: plenty of dogs out today 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Guy Waterman Slide, The Gargoyle, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette

What a fine day in the forest! I have been on Franconia Ridge over twenty times but this by far was the most intense - and fun - ascent of Lincoln to date! Started our whack above the last water crossing and kept going a little bit to gain entry into decent wood, from here we launched our whack, finding interchangeable woods but still decent moving. We dropped into Dry Brook, which unlike my fun in Dry River yesterday - was actually dry. Came to the base of another monstrous slide, not our idea for today. It was challenging to find a drop in point on the Guy Slide, but we eventually found a spot amicable. What a wild slide, lots of slab but still a lot of water running on it. An increasing amount of focus, care, and thought was needed the higher you got as there where large sections of wet, black moss and slime. At one point I took to a vegetated patch and after 4 lines attempted at breaking into it, I bull-in-a-china-shopped my way in on the fifth, having to army crawl for about ten feet. It becomes more scree at the end but it was very slow and tedious moving. The top out was a 8-10 foot free climb to ascend directly adjacent to the Gargoyle on Franconia Ridge. From here, it was just a normal day on the ridge. Perfect conditions and lots of Cutler's Goldenrod to be seen (Thanks to the roaming AMC volunteer who helped me remember, I was close! :) ) Ran into Chef and MikeyMace on the way down. A wicked fun day out there, would NOT recommend that slide for a while, like a week or so without rain!

Name: The Teal Goat, Cone Demon, MattJim 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-08-06 
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