Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails: Bike path, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, November 16, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at OBP/FW lot, biked to Basin lot and chained bike to tree. Bathrooms were open at OBP/FW lot but boarded up at the Basin Lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues...warm enough that the one on Liberty Springs trail did not have frozen rocks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Actually spotted a few moths... 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Rode the 2 miles from OBP lot to Basin...a few icy patches on the path were easily avoided. Warm enough that the snow and ice on Liberty Springs trail and the Ridge trail out/back to Flume was grippy without spikes, although most people were wearing them. Didn't put mine on until heading down the north side of Lincoln towards Lafayette. I knew I'd reached Little Haystack when a guy asked me if I had any spare water...obviously I wouldn't know until the hike was over but I filled the 20 oz metal coffee mug he had anyways and we agreed he should probably head back down FW trail. Once you get into the trees on the way down from Lafayette towards the hut you start getting the frozen ice rivers where the spikes are definitely needed. From the hut down OBP is extremely unkind to spikes right now as you alternate between frozen rivers of ice across the entire trail to 100% ice/snow free slab sections. I suppose you could take off/put on your spikes 6 or 7 times or do what I did and try to gingerly walk across the exposed rock while telling your spikes "sorry...sorry...". I barebooted the final 1.5 miles down to the lot without trouble. A lot of melting happening today and tomorrow, so with colder temperatures over the weekend the surface conditions will change definitely want to have micro spikes for these trails going forward.  
Name: Borealis 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-11-16 
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