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, abandoned Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, October 27, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Virtually a full parking lot for our Clark Start (TM) of 1300, only a handful upon return. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No real issues on any crossings, even at Eagle Tarn! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Nothing really of note, aside from the trees are 90%+ devoid of their leaves, so good time to get out there and unclog those bars. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Nothing of note for doggies, plenty of water to be found 
Bugs: Why do people fly drones. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Two strings of prayer flags tied to the sign on Lafayette, removed. 
Comments: A FINE day above the forest was had. This brings me to 75% calendar day grid, because I am basically a psychopath, or just severely unhinged. After work vert to enjoy likely the last decent day, and to not be in a conga line tomorrow. We opted to ascend via Falling Tourist Trail, thinking most people went that way and didn't want to feel like a salmon swimming upstream with the carloads on their way down. Only saw about 15 all day. Trails end to end are in decent shape. Extra care/caution is warranted in the immediate areas of the water crossings just because they are expert mode right now, wet, with wet leaves on them. I was going for a nimble gazelle over the one below Cloudland, but ended up looking as elegant as a chonky hippo. Trails notably dry out after the last crossing and you are on the old skidder line for a bit. I swear I am like that Prozac rock that had the rain cloud above me - once we hit treeline it started to rain. Just enough to have the question of "we done?" Thankfully it ebbed on our way to Lincoln and we continued. Some nice virga (there is your nerd word of the day) was seen over LinWood. No real issues for the rest of the day, the wettest portion of trail was from the hut to the agonies, not too bad after that. There was one woman who thankfully had a friend going up to help her, she had no headlamp and was adamant her iphone was sufficient - because it worked the night before - awesome! My favorite part of the day though was the group just below treeline, with cotton hoodies, buffs, sweatpants tucked into their cotton tube socks, gloves, etc, claiming it was EXTREMELY COLD on the Ridge, noting I was in a skirt and tank top. Was more than fine for the traverse. It was 52 according to my thermometer and a ~10mph wind. I still am laughing. Atleast I would have died pretty, and not in cotton.  
Name: The Teal Goat, Capt. Chris 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-10-27 
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